Pancake Day

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What is Pancake Day?

Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. The holiday is traditionally associated with making and eating, which were traditionally made to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar before the 40 days of Lenten fasting began.

In the UK, Pancake Day is commonly celebrated by cooking pancakes with a variety of toppings such as lemon, honey and sugar. More recently toppings involve other ingredients such as banana, maple syrup, chocolate spread and more! In other countries, it is known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday.

Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday resource EYFS KS1

Pancake Day is a great opportunity to teach children about a variety of things in a cross-curricular way – all linked to pancakes! Some ways to celebrate Pancake Day with your class include:

  • Use our EYFS Pancake Day overview for a whole range of activities that span the Early Years framework.
  • Make pancakes in the classroom using our pancake recipe cards. This can be a fun hands-on activity and allows children to practise their weighing, measuring and cooking skills. Great for fine motor skills too.
  • Teach children about the history of Pancake Day with our Pancake Day information PowerPoint. This can be a great way for children to learn about different cultures and traditions.
  • Ask children to create a math problem that relates to Pancake Day, such as figuring out how many pancakes they can make with a certain amount of ingredients.
  • Ask children to create an art project related to Pancake Day, such as drawing a picture of a stack of pancakes or making a collage of different pancake ingredients.
  • Complete a Pancake Day reading comprehension activity.
  • Ask children to research about different type of pancakes from around the world and present it in class.
  • Using playdough, hone fine motor skills and challenge children to create pancake toppings using our pancake day playdough mats – ideal for tuff trays and provision areas.
  • Another great idea for provision areas, are our Pancake Day mindfulness colouring sheets.

Pancake Day Worksheets KS1

To help you save time, you can also explore a range of Pancake Day worksheets for KS1, covering a range of curriculum areas, and all aligned with the national curriculum. Our Year 1 English Pancake Day activity booklet is packed full of curriculum aligned activities all linked to Pancake Day. Covering maths, our KS1 maths Pancake Day activity booklet is also aligned with the national curriculum, and contains lots of fun and engaging maths activities for children to complete.

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