April 2009- Craft of the Month-Pretzel Day
April 26 is Pretzel Day. Pretzels are really great for the children to eat--and play with! As an occupational therapist I have been impressed with what I can have the children do with pretzels! Did you know you can teach the children their alphabet with pretzels?
Bag of Pretzels
Can of frosting (our glue)
Have the children wash their hands (because they will be eating the broken pieces).
Take a pretzel and look at it. Figure out where you need to break the pretzel to create a letter of the alphabet.
Break the pretzel and place the "letter" on the construction paper.
Continue breaking and placing the pretzel letters on the paper until you have the letters or words you want to create.
Spread a little frosting on the back of the pretzel letter and place it on the construction paper. Press slightly to adhere the pretzel to the paper.
This craft is great for bilateral motor control and it requires gauging how much pressure one needs to break a pretzel at the correct location. We have found that pretzel sticks work better for the younger children, and letters like "O" can be completed by breaking a lot of small pieces and putting them together.
7-9 Thick (Bavarian) Pretzels
Draw a circle on a piece of waxed paper with the marker.
Lay pretzels down with the rounded edges to the outside (double loop side to the inside). Make sure the pretzels touch one another.
Use tacky glue and glue the pretzels together, letting the glue drip down between the pretzels.
Let this dry for 24 hours.
Weave ribbon length in and out of the double loops of the pretzels and tie the ends into a bow.
Hang on the wall for a great Spring Decoration!
This is a great bilateral motor activity. Squeezing the glue to connect the pretzels improves the intrensic muscles of the hand. Weaving the ribbon works on pinch and release.