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Bake your ABC's

By Melanie Fleury, edHelperBaby

A 2-Year-Old's Cooking Show
           Your toddler loves to be around you. She loves to be involved in anything that you are doing, including making her a snack. You can have a great time making pretzels with your toddler and adding an educational twist.


The Recipe
  • 1 1/2 sticks margarine at room temp
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl and spoon
  • Oven

       Beat margarine and sugar until blended. Add the flour and milk. Chill. Divide dough into four parts. Divide each part into 8 pieces. Roll each piece into an 8" (20 cm) strand. Twist into letter shapes. Bake 375 F for 8-10 minutes.


Let Your Child Join You
           You know your toddler the best, so you can decide at which point she can help you. Allowing her to pour the ingredients together teaches her about capacity and develops her gross motor skills when she pours.  She can help you actually mix the ingredients (which will work on motor skills as well). When she helps you divide the dough, she is learning about estimating sizes and about mathematical relationships. Shaping them into the ABC's teaches her literacy. Even the act of putting the pretzels in the oven and waiting teaches patience as well as cause and effect. Who knew that a simple activity could be educational as well as fun!


My Toddler Loves...
           My toddler loves the entire activity, although she did get frustrated the first time I had to take the dough away from her. A helpful tip is to prepare extra dough for your toddler to play with while she is waiting for the pretzels to cook. It also helps to put newspaper or paper towels down before you start. It can tend to be a bit messy.  Have fun!


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