Pancake Day has been hotly anticipated in our house. So we have done a few fun, educational activities in the lead up to the big day:
Pancake Role Play
This was such fun. We found all the ingredients for the pancake role play using pretend food and then we added some real flour and milk (in containers) to use too. The little one loved pretending to pour the milk from the glass bottle. I showed her how to make pretend pancakes and then she had a go herself. She even tried tossing the paper pancakes which she thought was hysterical. I showed her how to write simple labels and she wanted to try too so she made marks to make her own labels. This was a great activity to play with my little one but then when I left her she carried on playing independently.
We didn’t have any story books about pancakes but we love stories so ended up watching them being read on YouTube. Mr Wolf’s Pancakes and Eric Carle’s Pancakes, Pancakes were favourites!
We used paper pancakes and flapped magazines to make them move. This was harder work than anticipated for the two year old but she had a go and her older brother enjoyed winning the race each time.
I added small pans, cutters and spatulas and some orange and yellow play dough and together we rolled and cut it to make little pancakes. The boy enjoyed trying to toss the pretend pancakes but his favourite thing was making a huge towering plate full of pancakes.
We decided that the yellow paper pancakes didn’t look realistic enough so added bubble prints to them. Using a tiny saucer of yellow paint mixed with washing up liquid and water we used bubble blowers and made bubbles which we then printed onto the paper pancakes. Messy fun!
Number Recognition and Counting
I added numbers to the pancakes and we put them in number order. We then counted some strawberries (pompoms) and matched the correct number of strawberries to the numeral.
Making and eating pancakes
And finally Shrove Tuesday / Pancake Day arrived and before I could even wake up we were making pancakes for breakfast.