Need some ideas for Pancake Day? Start with our recipe for perfect pancakes:
- Whisk 2 eggs.
- Sieve in 8oz plain flour.
- Whisk in 1 pint of milk to make a smooth batter.
- Add some butter or oil to a frying pan and pour in some of the pancake mixture. Fry over a gentle heat for a few minutes then flip and fry on the other side.
- What do you serve with your pancake? We love lemon and sugar!
Set up a pancake kitchen role-play: use your toy cooker and set up a kitchen corner where the children can have fun making pretend pancakes and serving them to each other. I always find children love to use ‘real’ things from the kitchen, rather than toy utensils, so lend them some items from your kitchen if you can. You can include: a frying pan, wooden spoon, mixing bowls, jugs, milk cartons, sieve, egg boxes, aprons. You could make a pretend pancake too (from cardboard or use a beanbag) and see if they can toss them and catch them in their pan – great hand-eye co-ordination practise!
Include some gross motor skills fun and get the children on the move with a pancake race. Each child needs a pan and a pancake. Line them up on the starting line and see if they can walk, run, hop or skip their way to the finish line, tossing their pancake as they go – but with out dropping it!
How about a pancake day craft? Shrove Tuesday is celebrated in many countries as Mardi Gras with a big carnival procession. So why not make some carnival masks and hold you own parade. Use our simple child’s mask template to cut a mask shape from some card and then let the children customise their masks with a creative design. Provide glue, feathers, scraps of paper, stickers, ribbon, crayons and glitter and let them take their pick. Fasten a thin piece of elastic thread to either side of the mask (held in place with sticky tape or staples) and they can wear their masks and go on a carnival parade.
Any other ideas for pancake day? How are you celebrating Shrove Tuesday?