Pancake Day Fun

Posted by Timothy Battey on

Books play a huge part in Alex’s life. We read everyday and many times a day. We have a saying that there is always a time for a story, so reading one before his nap time is a part of our daily routine. A story we often have on repeat is Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakes, by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie, and we love it. It inspired us to come up with some Pancake Day activities we can share with you. We love eating pancakes as much as you do, but you can also have some fun with our crafty activities.


Why do we make pancakes?

Pancakes are traditionally associated with Shrove Tuesday, the day preceding Lent. They were made to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before fasting during Lent. I don’t know how many of you are actually going to be fasting but even if you don’t, we can  still celebrate and have fun! Of course we have to start with some pancakes we can eat. Our favourite pancake batter is from BBC Good Food but feel free to use whichever one you like.

Children love mixing, measuring and pouring so I would strongly encourage you to involve your little ones to help. By allowing them to do so we support their hand and eye coordination and balance. It also creates an opportunity to talk about weight and volume and for older children liquids and solids. It might get a bit messy but it's the fun that counts.

Alex is still mastering cracking eggs but as you can see we still have a long way to go….


Pancake Day fun that doesn’t involve eating…

Pancake Day wouldn’t be complete without a pancake race. If you are brave enough you can use a real saucepan and a real pancake for the race but I'm going to turn this into a little art and crafts project instead. 

To make pancakes use cardboard from cereal or any other boxes you have. Draw circles (20cm roughly in diameter) and encourage our child to use scissors to cut them out. You need 6-10 pancakes. Write numbers on each pancake making sure you have them in pairs ( two #1s, two #2s, two #3s etc). For younger children you can use shapes or colours. 

For the race: 

  • Mark out the start and finish line
  • Use a saucepan from their playset or offer them one from your kitchen providing it’s not too heavy or hot.
  • Split pancakes into two of piles of the numbers 
  • Place a pancake into the saucepan and have them race you to the finish line without dropping the pancake. 
  • Whoever gets more pancakes to the finish line wins.  


More activities to use your pancakes for:

  1. Toss the pancake competition: set the timer for one minute and see how many times they can flip their pancake. This one is great for older children, 5 years plus, but everyone gets points for trying.   (picture)
  2. Pancake on your head race: place a cardboard pancake on your child’s head and ask them to walk to the finish line without dropping it. Whoever gets more pancakes to the finish line wins. (Picture) 
  3. The pancake memory game: turn the numbered pancakes face down and shuffle them around. Then take turns to turn two pancakes over at the time to find matching number pairs. (picture) 
  4. Pancake drop: place a big pot on the floor and mark a line with a ribbon or masking tape about 0.5m away from the pot. Then ask your child to toss the cardboard pancakes into the pot. Whoever gets more pancakes into the pot wins. 

Hope you find these activities as fun as we do and feel free to tag #myminimaker to show us your pancakes and all the fun you have. 

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