Pancakes, perfect for breakfast on Shrove Tuesday, but then what do you do with the rest of the day?
You can keep them occupied, outside and exercised with this selection of Pancake Day inspired activities.
Cut pieces of cardboard into pancake shapes. On one side of each mark with a colour a number or a letter. Put all the pancakes face down and take turns flipping the pancakes over two at a time to see what’s written on them. When a player uncovers two pancakes that match they get to keep them. The winner is the person with the most pairs collected at the end of the game.
Pancake Head Balance You can play this game with a piece of fabric, a cardboard pancake or even a real pancake if you’re feeling mischievous. You can line players up to race each other to the finish line, or see who can travel the furthest before the pancake falls off their head.
Pancake Drop You’ll need those cardboard pancakes again. The aim of the game is to throw or drop as many pancakes as you can into a frying pan. For added challenge, older children can go to the top of the climbing frame and drop the pancakes from there.
Pancake Relay Race Divide the players into teams. Each player needs to run the length of the race track, flipping their pancake as they go, then hand the frying pan to the next player when they reach the end.
Pancake Toss Set a timer and see who can flip their pancake the highest number of times in one minute.
Pancake Memory Game Put pictures of different animals on the back of each pancake. Show three face up, then turn them face down and see if your child can remember where each animal was. You can make the game harder by adding more and more pancakes, or by shuffling the positions of the pancakes, or by doing both.
Pancake Topping Treasure Hunt Around the garden, hide symbols or pictures of different toppings that could go on top of pancakes. You can set various challenges, offering cryptic clues, or set the timer and see how many toppings can be collected in a minute.
Pancake Cooking When all the fun has been had outside and it’s time to come back into the warm, there’s a lot you can do with simple pancake batter. To start with have your children notice how the texture and appearance of all the ingredients changes when you combine them.
Then (being careful with the hot pan) you can drizzle the batter into different patterns to create differently shaped pancakes.
Ask the children to predict what will happen if you add chocolate drops or ice cream to a freshly cooked pancake. You can make this a science lesson and cookery lesson all in one.
Above all be inspired to have fun. And once your children have started a game, they’re sure to come up with their own. Don’t get too hung up on the outcome. Go with the flow and you can all have a Pancake Day to remember.