Woohoo. We love PANCAKE DAY! Soon you will be reminded to buy extra milk and lemons for Pancake Day. Pancake Day is a predominately UK tradition (though I believe other countries and regions within countries celebrate) that marks the beginning of lent. Time for some brilliant Pancake Day Facts Fortune Tellers to print and make!
Pancake Day 2024 will be on Tuesday the 13th February!
It is an eagerly anticipated day with my kids – well, who doesn’t love a pancake? And now that they are 9yrs and 11yrs.. we may well be holding a pancake day flipping contest. Anyway, I digress.
Mrs Mactivity and I have gotten together again to bring you some quick and easy Pancake Day Activities and Ideas…. to kick things off, we thought it would be fun to learn about Pancake Day with some Pancake Day Facts.. not just ANY Pancake Day facts.. but Pancake Day Facts Fortune Tellers (what a mouth full..). Mrs Mactivity has some super fun PRINTABLE Pancake Day Hats, for you to check out. So fun!
Want the answers to the following…?
When IS Pancake Day?
Pancake day is always the day before Lent Starts. Lent is for the 40 days before Easter. So both Lent and Pancake day vary year on year.
This year pancake day will fall on 13th February 2024. In other countries the day before Lent is celebrated as Mardi Gras. A big carnival party to welcome spring and let your hair down one last time before the austere period of lent.
Why do we celebrate Pancake Day?
Traditionally, Pancake Day was all about using up all the eggs and butter and rich foods before the period of fasting. It is also known as “Shrove Tuesday”. Derived from the word shriven.. when you go and confess you sins before lent.
In modern day Britain it is an eagerly awaited day by children. Not because children are excited about lent (ahem!), but children are excited about PANCAKES!! Traditionally, in the UK people eat sweet pancakes with a little sugar and lemon. Delicious. But we also enjoy savoury pancake toppings, e.g. with cheese and ham. There are lots of topping and recipe ideas to suit your tastes!
Why is Pancake Day also called Shrove Tuesday?
Well… join in my in our Pancake Day Craft and find out!
To make your Facts Pancake Day Fortune Teller you will need
- your free printable (click on the big red button below)
- Pens (optional)
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How to make a Pancake Day Cootie Catcher
We have created an easy to follow Pancake Day Cootie Catcher video! Or.. follow the link below for step by step photo instructions.
Learn how to make a basic Cootie Catcher Origami with step by step instructions here:
Cootie Catcher/ Fortune Teller photo step by step instructions
To make your Cootie Catcher, you will need a square piece of paper. We generally cut it from an A4 sheet of paper, so measures approximately 20 x 20 cm.
Begin by folding the paper across the diagonal in both directions – so you get a cross shape (bottom left photo)
Bring each corner towards the middle/ inside and make a neat fold (picture 4 shows the first fold).
Once you have all four folds (top right) – use your thumbs to make neat creases. Flip your paper over.
You will see another “cross” running across you paper, marking out four small squares.
Again, fold in the corner tabs in towards the middle (as per bottom right photo).
Final stages of making your paper fortune teller
Once you have all for folds, fold in half (as per top right), open and fold in half again in the other direction. Just to create some creases.
Now comes the “only” tricky bit.. you need to squeeze all four sides in towards each other as per the bottom left images.
Then lift each outside flap to make your Cootie Catcher! ENJOY!!!
You may also like our DIY Paper Chef’s Hat Instructions:
As well as an extensive collection of Pancake Day Activities & Crafts: