Pancake Day doesn't just have to be about eating pancakes! We've got loads of fun activities for kids here, including our quick, easy and original craft ideas, puzzles, fun printables for classroom or home, colouring pages and worksheets. We've added lots new this year, too.
What is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day in the UK is also known as Shrove Tuesday, and is celebrated as Carnival and Mardi Gras elsewhere in the world. Next enjoyed on 28th February 2017, it was traditionally a day of fun and feasting before the fasting required during 40 days of Lent.
Enjoy these fun Pancake Day printables in the classroom or home - something different for Shrove...
More Pancake Day Activities
Pancake Day isn't just a day for eating pancakes! We've got lots of ideas for activities and games - some for learning and some just for fun - to enjoy with the children.
Make a stack:
Use corrugated cardboard from a cardboard box to cut out a stack of pancakes for counting and matching activities, or to use in a treasure hunt.
Pancake on your head race:
Children could try walking across the room or playground with a cardboard pancake on their head. Each time they complete the distance without losing their pancake, add another to their stack!
Flip the pancake (memory game):
Make a stack of corrugated cardboard pancakes as above. Draw a letter, number or shape on pairs of pancakes (decide on the appropriate number according to the age of your children), or use matching stickers if you prefer. Turn all the pancakes face down and shuffle them around. Now take turns using a fish slice to turn two pancakes over at a time, trying to find matching pairs.
Place a frying pan on the floor and stand with a stack of cardboard pancakes over it. Now try to drop the pancakes right into the pan. Count up the pancakes!
Traditional Pancake Day Activities
Give each contestant a saucepan and a pancake. Establish the length of the race and how many times the pancake must be tossed before reaching the finishing post. If a pancake falls out of the pan, you have to return to the start!
Provide each child with a saucepan and a pancake. Set a timer for 1 minute and see how many times they can toss their pancake!
Kids and adults enjoying some pancake races in Dorset:
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