Shape, Letter and Number Pretzels

The perfect way to practice shapes, letters and numbers is with food! You can make this pretzel dough and give each child a chance to create their own shapes, letters or numbers. You can also have fun teaching children how to make the traditional pretzel shape!


  • 1 packet of active dry yeast
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 1 ½ cups of warm water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Melted butter or 1 egg
  • Coarse salt or sugar and cinnamon (optional for sprinkling on top)


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together, except the coarse salt, sugar and cinnamon if using.
  2. Add the warm water to the bowl and mix together. Using your hands to mix will be easier than a spoon.
  3. Separate the dough into small balls. (This recipe should make about 11-12 small balls)
  4. Give each child a small ball of dough and have them make the desired shape. If making letters, numbers or shapes, a flashcard with that item on it may make it easier for children to re-create it.
  5. Help small hands to roll the dough into long ropes so they can make their letter, number or shape.
  6. Once finished, you can spread some beaten egg or melted butter over the dough and either sprinkle with a bit of sugar/cinnamon or coarse salt.
  7. Bake on 350 for about 12-15 minutes or until pretzels are golden brown.
  8. Enjoy your pretzels!

Recipe originally published by Simply Today Life.