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Pretzel Perfect: Summer Themes Continued

Published July 29, 2014 8:10 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling
Pretzels are VERY important to my hometown and where I live and work.

The privately run "Pretzel Museum" opened in Philadelphia in 1993. And in 2003, the then Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared April 26 "National Pretzel Day" to acknowledge the importance of the pretzel to our state's history and economy. Soft pretzels are served at our sporting events and are often a staple for school and community activities. We love pretzels!! So, it's no surprise that "pretzels" are this week's summer school theme! 

In order to make pretzels fun and more than just a salty snack, I have designed 3 short and exciting activities perfect for preschoolers!

  1. A Story About the Birth of Pretzels!
    • The book, Walter the Baker by Eric Carle is a wonderful story about Walter the Baker who is famous in his town for making the most delicious breads, rolls, cookies, tarts and pies. The Duke and Duchess especially love his warm sweet rolls, delivered fresh to their castle every morning. Then, after disaster strikes in his kitchen, the Duke threatens to banish Walter unless he can make a delicious roll that the rising sun can shine through three times! It's a challenge that has a pretzel-like twist at the end!
  2. Pretzel Yoga Moves Kids Will Love!
    • I used some of my own yoga books and chose 10 of the most fun and kid-friendly moves! After reading Walter the Baker, we practiced twisting our bodies into silly "pretzel shaped" yoga positions! This was really fun for the students and a great way to get them up and moving after the story. It was also an ideal way to work on following directions and 1-2 step commands. If you don't have any yoga books of your own, just scan the web googling "yoga moves for kids"!
  3. A Pretzel Snack!
    • A great way to end our pretzel celebration is to actually taste this doughy delight! To help make our topic come alive I provided the students with mini pretzel logs and two different dipping sauces - one caramel and one chocolate. The students loved both and really enjoyed a salty sweet snack to end our really great language lesson all about PRETZELS!

Join me Friday for DESSERTS that are perfect for the grill!

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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