Monday, 16 February 2015

It's a Pancake post!

Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake day; a chance for lots of yummy fun and learning to take place. Here's a few ideas that I've come up with, as well as how they can link into the Curriculum for Excellence:

Health and Wellbeing

Choosing and preparing healthy fruit toppings for a delicious pancake snack

Cooking pancakes - Identifying personal likes and dislikes
                              - Understanding risks and safety
                                  - Taking turns and sharing
                                         - Maybe take your cooking outdoors/ to the forest and 
                                           cook pancakes over a camp-fire!

Flap the pancake game: cut a large circle out of paper and place on the floor. The child holds a concertina paper fan (perhaps that they have made themselves) and then the race is on! Just "flap your pancake" from one place to another! So simple and so much fun!

Language and Literacy

Reading and writing pancake recipes. There might be some new vocabulary here to go up on our word wall! 

Learning about different types of books - Story books and Information books

There's a lovely story called 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes' which you can use to link into all areas of the curriculum - Find it YouTube HERE


Following recipes; weighing and measuring ingredients

Learn about money in a role play cafe (selling pancakes of course!)

Expressive Arts

Artwork based on foods and ingredients that have been used. Paint them, draw them, use foods for stamping, cut pictures of foods out of magazines and collage with them, explore the colours of the foods that you have prepared... tonnes of possibilities!

Create a role play cafe along with play menus, price lisits and pretend pancakes for children to flip

Social Studies

Research and learn together about the traditions of pancake day and how it has been celebrated over the years. HERE is a website which is too advanced for the little ones - but has some wonderful old photographs that could provoke some investigation and discussion!

Take your children on a trip to the shops to buy the ingredients that you will use for making pancakes, or take it even further and visit a farm where the eggs and milk come from!


Encourage children to be involved in selecting the materials and resources needed for cooking

Allow them to use their senses to explore throughout the activity! Maybe add some of the ingredients (such as flour) that you used into your messy tray for further exploration and fun.


Encourage children to work with you to investigate websites and find lots of information


Using digital cameras, allow the children to document their own learning


What is Shrove Tuesday about? Research the origins of pancake day the Christian teachings about lent. (HERE is a useful website with lots of information)

You can also find out about different celebrations and traditions surrounding pancake day - from all over the world by clicking HERE

Have a wonderful week everyone!


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