Monday, July 30, 2012

Homemade pretzels are a great snack for kids. They are also a fun sensory activity and way for kids to practice building alphabet letters - especially important for Preschool and Kindergarten aged kids.

Homemade Pretzel Recipes - Sensory Fun for Preschoolers learning the alphabet

Homemade Olympics Themed Snack for Kids

I wanted to have fun food for my kiddos as we watched the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday.  This was the first Olympics we’ve watched together as a family and I really want it to be fun & memorable =-) So here is what I came up with – Olympic Pretzels!

Homemade Pretzel Recipe

So I made my simple, homemade pretzel recipe:
  1. Put 2 1/2 teas yeast in 1 1/2 cups warm water with 1 1/2 teas sugar. Mix and allow to foam - about 5 minutes.
  2. Mix 4 cups flour & 3/4 teas salt with yeast starter and knead 5 minutes.
  3. Make dough into 5-10 pretzels. To get the tops to brown beat an egg and brush on the top. You can use coarse or sea salt on top of the egg as well!
  4. Bake at 450 F on ungreased cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes.
Homemade Pretzel Recipes - Sensory Fun for Preschoolers learning the alphabet

Then I made 5 balls and colored each ball with Wilton food coloring (you get truer colors that way).
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After I thoroughly kneaded in the color. The whole family helped! We made 5 “ropes” out of each color. We made 5 because there are five of us in our family. Turns out it was the perfect number for the recipe =-)
Homemade Pretzel Recipes - Sensory Fun for Preschoolers learning the alphabet

I made the ropes into rings that interlocked (like the Olympic logo) and baked on a non-greased cookie sheet at 450 for 10 minutes.
Homemade Olympics themed snack

And here are our Olympic Pretzels finished. They were delicious, colorful, and SO FUN! 
My family is using the What’s in the Bible Olympics Pack – it has a wonderful schedule of what events are what day, coloring sheets, verses, puppets, bingo (my kids LOVE this) and more. Go grab yours here.

Pretzels for Sensory Preschool Alphabet Learning 

Pretzels are also a great sensory activity for toddlers. For Preschool and Kindergarten age children you can use the pretzel dough to practice making alphabet letters - a great hands on learning activity.

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7 comments:

  1. Your Olympic pretzels are awesome, Beth ... and I love that they were a whole-family project! Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday. I pinned your post to my Olympic Unit Study Pinterest Board and added your post and photo to my Montessori-Inspired Olympic Unit at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2012/07/24/montessori-inspired-olympic-unit/

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  2. Or the lazy way-with play doh

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  3. How fun! I love how these turned out. Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Showcase. :)

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  4. I loved this idea, and tried to do it, but I couldn't figure out how to get the thick dough to be so consistently colored. What's your secret?

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  5. Amy,

    I used the Wilton Food Gel and then just spend about 5 minuted kneading each color. It just takes some work. But a side benefit, you'll feel the burn in your arms the next day =-)
    Beth

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  6. stopping by to let you know i featured these this week on the Sunday Showcase! http://www.theiowafarmerswife.com/2012/08/the-sunday-showcase-olympics.html

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  7. I just found and followed your blog the other day. The title grabbed me--it's a topic God and I have been discussing lately :) I love the Olympic pretzels! I wrote a unit study on the Olympics, so they jumped out at me! If you'd like to check out my blog for kids, Exploring with Jake, you can find it at: http://writebonnierose.wordpress.com/. It's about kids learning about the needs of people all over the world, both the persecuted Church and those who have not heard about Jesus Christ yet. Plus, we have some fun and do some crafts along the way!

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