Be creative with a fun breakfast, snack or dessert idea to make with little ones of all ages. Involve the children in weighing, counting and looking for shapes with a tasty treat to eat at the end! Remember to support the children according to their age and stage of development.
You will need
- 2 medium eggs
- 100g plain flour
- Pinch of salt
- 300ml milk
- 50g butter, melted, plus extra for frying
- Frying pan, spatula and a ladle
- A knife – a butter knife or a child’s knife will work
- A range of fruits – why not try something new or ask the children to pick a few from the greengrocers?
- Your favourite drizzle – honey, lemon, maple syrup, ice cream sauces… yum!
1. Make a smooth batter by combining the eggs, flour, salt, milk and melted butter. Talk about the utensils and actions you use, tablespoons, teaspoons, whisking, pouring, etc.
2. Melt a little of the reserved butter in a frying pan on a medium heat.
3. When it is hot, ladle the batter into the centre of the pan and lift and swirl it gently to spread it out. When it is starting to brown use the spatula to gently flip the pancake and cook the other side. When cooked, keep the cooked pancakes warm under a plate. Repeat with the rest of the batter. You may like to keep the pancakes warm under a plate.
4. Supervise the children to peel, chop and slice the fruit into pieces – asking about all the shapes and colours they have.
5. When all the fruit is chopped give each child a pancake and ask them to use the drizzle. Have fun making crazy creatures with the fruits. How many eyes will they have? Do they have teeth? Are they spiky or furry?
6. The best bit… enjoy eating your homemade snacks!
- Go to the shops together beforehand to buy the ingredients you will need and let the children help you count the money to pay. You could look at different numbers on coins at home and practise adding up, use objects to help (2 pence plus 5 pence is the same as 2 cars plus 5 cars).
- Afterwards why not give the children some real pots, pans and safe utensils from the kitchen to play with and extend their imagination and conversation skills through role play. Add some playdough to make it really hands on.
This activity support the following areas of learning and development. For more details, see our factsheet on the Early Years Foundation Stage.