Pancake Day

Yum! One of my favourite days.

When I was a teenager, my mum would be working so I perfected making three or four pancakes on the hob at once, usually for my brother and his hungry friends. I think what I loved about it when I was little was that it was a day you literally could eat dessert for the whole meal. I’m pretty sure we only had sugar and those fake plastic lemons on ours for years.

Making pancakes is easy. Cooking and baking, as I’ve said over and over again is great for reading opportunities but also maths and science. I differentiate based on age and ability of my children.

Flipping pancakes is a lot of fun, I think it’s important to show children safely how to flip. I remember making them with one Nanny Family and their 11 year old was helping me, her father walked in while she was flipping and was worried that it would be unsafe. I think the importance is modelling, supporting and teaching them how to cook safely. If they are aware of the dangers and know how to do it safely, the risk is lessened. Also, it’s a skill for life. If they do it under supervision throughout their childhood, it will be second nature to be sensible when cooking as they grow up.

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The Runaway Pancake by Mairi Mackinnon and Silvia Provantini (photo credit:
Grace, aged 2 and a half, (Loughborough, UK) did all of the mixing and cooking the first pancake!
Lorelei, aged 5 (Oregon, USA) enjoying rainbow pancakes
Lorelei, aged 5 (Oregon, USA) with a huge pancake!

Published by moretobooks

Award- winning author of the book: “There’s more to books than reading- how to help your child bring stories to life” With a Masters in Education, I have taught as a School teacher across Northern England and have worked as a Nanny/Governess in London and across the world. I support parents and nannies to bring learning into the home in an exciting and purposeful way. Also a speaker at events such as NannyPalooza and the International Nanny Day 2017 and featured in the Nanny Magazine (USA) and Childcare Magazine (UK)

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