Lewisham Children & Family Centre

Happy Pancake Day!

I don’t know about you but we just can’t resist a pancake!

If you’ve not made pancakes before you can download and print the CBeebies Easy Pancake Recipe to get you started. If you’re short on time pancakes freeze well if you want to make them in advance and lots of supermarkets sell ready-made mixes and pancakes and you and add your own yummy toppings. Sweet or savoury there’s something for everyone.

 

Benefits for your children

Small children love mixing and stirring, so if they’re too young to help make your pancakes try setting up a bowl next to yours with some flour and a spoon that they can play with.

  • Feeling the flour and playing with it can be a great sensory experience encouraging healthy brain development and completely safe it they want to taste it.
  • Mixing with different types of utensils such as spoons and whisks are great for hand eye co-ordination and fine motor skills too. Sieving flour with a small sieve or tea strainer can be fascinating to toddlers.
  • You can also add some water or food colouring so they get to feel different textures with their hands and utensils.
  • Flipping your pancake is a great way to include even very young children in the fun and is great for hand eye co-ordination and gross motor skills. If you want to practice flipping a pancake make sure you use a cold pancake in a cold frying pan just to be safe. How high can you go or how many can you do in a row?

 

Toppings

Pancakes are great with so many store cupboard ingredients why not try:

  • The classic lemon and sugar
  • Yoghurt and fruit such as strawberries, banana or blueberry
  • Tinned fruits such as peaches, pineapple or rhubarb
  • Chocolate spread and strawberries
  • Maple syrup and sultanas
  • Jam or marmalade

If you’re not a fan of crepe style pancakes or would prefer something a little healthier here are some recipes for small American style pancakes:

Carrot & sultana mini pancakes

 

Dairy & gluten free pancakes

 

Vegan banana pancakes 

Stack of pancakes with banana and honey on a white plate

However you spend Pancake Day we hope you have fun.

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