Simple Snack Idea: Homemade Pretzels

Whether the summer temps are heating up and you need a fun indoor activity, or it’s freezing outside, and you want to warm up indoors, baking is always a great idea! Soft pretzels are one of my family’s go-to simple snack ideas! I literally made both my children soft pretzels before sitting down to finish this! 

But baking is such a fun and educational activity. Plus, once you make a batch, you can freeze some for later instead of purchasing the frozen ones from the store!

Pretzels are great solo or for dipping in a sauce! 

This pretzel recipe from The Domestic Rebel is called Perfect and Easy Soft Pretzels, and they genuinely are!

If you don’t bake a lot of bread, you might not have active dry yeast at home. But yeast is inexpensive and has a relatively long shelf life. Or, if you prefer, you can purchase active dry yeast in packets for single use. 

Other than yeast, you probably have all the ingredients you need to make this simple snack idea!


You can read the full directions here but below is a list of ingredients needed so you can do a quick kitchen check!


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) of active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water around 110°-115°F
  • 2 Tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2¾ cups all-purpose flour may not need all of it


  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup baking soda


  • Coarse sea salt for sprinkling
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Ways to Extend the Play

It’s almost guaranteed that after your little one helps you create this delicious and simple snack idea, they’ll want to make pretzels all the time. So here are some fun easy to extend the pretzel-making play!

  • Playdough Pretzel Factory – make homemade scented playdough and set up a pretend pretzel factory!
  • Bakery Dramatic Play – set up your child’s dramatic play area like a bakery. They can sell pretzels, cakes, cupcakes, etc. – whatever play food they can access! Use play money to increase their concept of items costing money and mathematical knowledge. 
  • Try your hand at making chocolate or yogurt-covered pretzels. These tasty snacks are another simple snack idea, and they go great in trail mix!
  • Create a pretzel-themed sensory bin filled with salt, tongs, measuring cups, this adorable pretzel teether toy, and baking-themed stress toys!
  • Have a pool? Check out this pair of giant, inflatable pool pretzels!

Updated June 4th, 2023, by L. Elizabeth Forry

written by

L. Elizabeth Forry 

L. Elizabeth Forry is an Early Childhood Educator with fifteen years of classroom teaching experience. She earned a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from The University of North Dakota and has a Bachelor of Arts in English and one in Music from Lebanon Valley College. She has taught children in Japan, Washington D.C., Chicago, and suburban Maryland. She is trained as a reading therapist, has a TEFL certification, and has done extensive work with children regarding mental health, social-emotional development, gender development. She has written curriculum for children and educators and has led training sessions for parents and educators on various topics on early childhood development. She is the mother of two boys and resides outside of Annapolis, Maryland.

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