Pancake day (historically know as Shrove Tuesday) is considered the feast day before starting the 40 days of Lent from Ash Wednesday. The time of Lent between pancake day and Easter used to be considered a time of fasting and many people still choose to give up something for Lent. So, Shrove Tuesday was the last day before Lent to use up butter, eggs and fats. The best way to use all these ingredients was in pancakes!
Shrove Tuesday always falls 47 days before Easter Sunday. So, the date varies from year to year based on when Easter takes place. Pancake day always falls on a Tuesday between 3rd February and 9th March. This year, pancake day is celebrated on Tuesday 16th February 2021.
We enjoy a range of pancake themed activities throughout the nurseries to ensure all ages got involved in the celebrations.
A fun activity that is guaranteed to get all the family involved. Provide your child with a small frying pan and a really thick pancake. Make sure to celebrate if you child does or doesn’t catch the pancake.
This activity helps to promote little ones coordination and problem solving skills.
Once your child has got the hang of flipping their pancake, why not put their new skills to the test? A race is a great way to promote healthy competition amongst your family. Whilst, encouraging your child to develop their gross motor skills.
As well as, their mathematical skills by having them help you to keep score by using the stop watch. For example, can they see which time is quickest?
Food provides such a wonderful sensory experience. Provide your child with a number of classic pancake toppings and ask them to describe what they can see and smell before tasting them. Once they have tried all the toppings have them add them to their pancakes, and ask them how the taste changes now they have been mixed together.
Pancake topping ideas:
A must know recipe that you can use throughout the year for a wonderful breakfast! We love the BBC Good Food recipe as it is so simple with really tasty results. You can also mix up extra thick pancakes to use in your pancake games.