Pretzels can be used for counting, grouping, pretending and other kindergarten readiness fun and learning activities. Pretzels never came in all those fun sizes a few years ago. Now there are even bunny and carrot shaped pretzels.
No matter what shape pretzels there are at your house, kids can use them for some simple math. Line a few pretzels up to count. How many pretzels are there? If you had 3 pretzels and then 1 more now how many? If there are 6 pretzels on a plate and 2 jump in your mouth, how many would be left? Pretzels can be pretend restaurant food or a snack for a dinosaur, just in case there are any playing.
Speaking of snack, there are some really cute edible ideas with pretzels, like straight ones stuck in alternative-to-peanut butter to make a spider, or two stuck together to make a butterfly. Pretzels, seeds, craisins, and cheerios can be mixed in a little dish and kids can sort them into groups and then eat them up.
Pretzels are all twisted together. To get little ones moving, ask them to make some pretzel shapes, like a twisty pretzel, a straight one, a pointy pretzel, or a circle. There is a children’s book about yoga called My Daddy is a Pretzel, by Baron Baptiste. As kids make the shape of an airplane, lion, bridge, pretzel, and more, they are doing some yoga poses. What other fun can your child have with pretzels?