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Will you be celebrating Pancake Day this Tuesday? If so, we want you to share your mouth-watering sweet and savoury creations with us!

As you know, mealtimes provide a great opportunity for children to learn about and try new foods and to help develop their cooking skills. Pancake Day is a perfect opportunity to involve children in mealtime preparation in the following ways;

  • Encourage them to measure out the pancake ingredients and add them to a bowl
  • Support them to stir and whisk the mixture together and encourage them to take turns
  • Once you’ve cooked the pancakes, allow the pans and pancakes to cool. Show children how to flip the pancakes in the pan and let them have a go! Tip- you may need a few spare ones as a few of them may escape the pan and end up on the floor 🙂 (all part of the fun!)
  • Help them to chop up their chosen toppings e.g. berries, banana, cheese, peppers etc
  • Encourage children to make shapes and faces on their pancake. The more creative the better!

When to offer the pancakes?

Across the day, children need three main meals, breakfast lunch and tea, and two to three nutritious snacks. Breakfast and Pudding would be good times to offer pancakes. Try not to offer them between meals as they may spoil children’s appetites for their main meals.

It is important to still consider the guidance from the Eat Better, Start Better guidelines when celebrating events and special occasions. You will still need to avoid using chocolates spreads or sugar toppings. Check out our list of exciting toppings below.

Remember to plan your shopping in advance of the activity to ensure you have all the ingredients and equipment that you need!

Simple Steps to Creating Delicious Pancakes

The mixture:

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 300ml of milk

Ask the  children to put the flour, eggs, milk, into a bowl, then whisk to a smooth batter. Set aside for 30 mins to rest if you have time, or start cooking straight away.

Staff members Set a frying pan over a medium heat and carefully wipe it with some oiled kitchen paper. When hot, cook the pancakes for 1 min on each side until golden, keeping them warm in a low oven as you go.

Ask the children to decorate with their favorite toppings

The toppings:

  • Tomato and mushroom
  • Cheese and ham
  • Blueberries and plain natural or Greek yoghurt
  • Rhubarb compote with crème fraîche
  • Mixed berries with cream cheese and a squeeze of lemon juice
  • Cottage cheese, chopped fresh herbs and lemon juice
  • Tahini yoghurt, grated cheese
  • Roasted cherry tomatoes, rocket
  • Tinned salmon, sliced avocado, fresh chives and lime juice
  • Sliced kiwi fruit, passion fruit and natural yoghurt

You can also print off our Bouncing Bunny Pancake recipe, with key learning outcomes linked to EYFS and use as part of our cooking plan. 

Below are some of our favorite pancakes as shared by our nursery settings in Newham. We’d love you to share your pancake creations with us, so don’t forget to tag is in your pictures using our #pancakeparty hashtag @EarlyStartRNutr  

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