Oh hooray! Before we get excited about Easter Crafts, there is Pancake Day. Pancake Day is celebrate the Tuesday before Lent Starts – ie 40 days before Easter. 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 their pancakes with a little sugar and lemon. Delicious. But we also enjoy savoury pancakes with cheese and ham. Enough background. Here we haev a collection of Pancake Day Ideas & Activities for kids. Many are prefect for the classroom, but of course are suitable for the home too. We also have a great list of Pancake Books – they are NOT about Pancake Day as such.. but just pancakes in general. Once you are done with these Pancake Day Activities, be sure to check out our Easter Crafts for Preschoolers too!
Pancake Day Ideas & Activities
Pancake Day Printables
Mrs Mactivity has a great Pancake Day Activity Pack
As well as a fun “chefs hat” printable – also available on Mrs Mactivity
Pancake Day Crafts
Learn how to make a paper chef’s hat for Pancake Day.
Make a little Pancake Day Paper Puppet as per The Activity Village.
Make your own pancakes and frying pan game with Kids Craft Room!
Adorable Paper Plate Pancakes by A little Pinch of Perfect!
Learn to draw “funny pancakes” with the Art for Kids channel on Youtube!
Other Pancake Activities
Have a go at Pancake Shape Toss – practice your colours and basic shapes, whilst also working on those gross motor skills. Rainy Day Mum shows us how!
Or have a game of “pretend pancake making” after some lovely story time – grow stretch speak tells all.
It is simple. It is messy.. but the kids LOVE it.. have a go at Pancake Painting as per Kids Activities Blog! Fun.
Older kids may enjoy having a go at making this Pancake Art! Actually.. I say older kids.. I think ALL kids would love this activity. More info from Keeping Life Creative!
Pancake Books for Kids
The following list of books contains affiliate links for your convenience. Should you choose to purchase via these links, I will earn a small commission that will go towards the upkeep of this website. Needless to say, take the inspiration below and do buy from other sources!! Enjoy!!!
Whilst sourcing the books for you, I also found this super fun looking Pancake Day Game (US/ UK): EASY-TO-PLAY GAME! Stack and serve your pancakes to match your order cards. Be the first to correctly complete a pancake stack and top it with a pat of butter! PSST…THEY’RE LEARNING! Teaches following a sequence, a beginning math skill, and helps develop gross motor skills, balance, and coordination.
And once you have finished with the game.. you can use it for pretend play too! Lovely!
Happy Pancake Day Everyone!