One of the things that my girls love doing is baking or cooking with me in the kitchen. So, I thought it would be fun to make an easy Pretzel Recipe and let them create letters, numbers, and shapes with the dough. This was a great activity to review letters, numbers, and shapes we have learned in the past. It was also a wonderful motor skills activity.
- 1 packet of active dry yeast
- 4 cups of flour (we used gluten free)
- 1 1/2 cup of warm water
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- melted butter or 1 egg
- coarse salt or sugar and cinnamon (optional for sprinkling on top)
Step 1: Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl, except the coarse salt, sugar, and cinnamon if using.
Step 2: Add the warm water to the bowl and mix together. I personally found that it was easier to mix with our hands rather than with a spoon
Step 3: Separate the dough into small balls. Mine made about 11-12 small balls
Step 4: Give your child a small ball of dough and ask them to make a number, letter, or shape. I gave the girls free range of what they wanted to do, but it had to be one of those three things. You could also place alphabet, number, or shape cards in front of your child so that they can visualize what they are making.
Step 5: Help your child roll out their dough into long ropes so that they can create their pretzels.
Step 6: Once finished you can spread some beaten egg or melted butter over the pretzels and either sprinkle with a bit of sugar or coarse salt.
Step 7: Bake on 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes or until pretzels are golden brown.
Step 8: If you decide to do a cinnamon and sugar pretzel add more butter on top and sprinkle with a bit of sugar and cinnamon.
Step 9: Enjoy your delicious creations
This was definitely a fun and yummy activity that the entire family got to enjoy. We will be doing this again soon and maybe adding some color to them
What’s your favorite Kid Friendly Recipe?