One of our favorite things to do each winter is to go to the IHOP Pancake Day. On that day, visitors can get a free short stack of pancakes and in return they are asked to consider a donation for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. (Find more here.) We've been going to IHOP on this day since my son was three, and we look forward to it each year! Of course you can go get your pancakes any time that day, but one of the advantages of homeschooling is being able to go in the middle of the day when it's not very crowded!
Since I have a preschooler right now, we'll probably have some pancake-themed learning activities, too! If You Give a Pig a Pancake is probably one of the most popular pancake books. We recently finished up a unit on If You Give a Moose a Muffin, so it will be fun to spend a couple of days with a similar book. I found some fun (and educational) ideas at Coffee Cups and Crayons and a pancake letter activity at Mrs. Samuelson's Swamp Frogs that I think we're going to use.
A few more fun pancake books you might want to check out:
- Mr. Wolf's Pancakes
- Mama Panya's Pancakes
- Pancakes, Pancakes!
- Pancakes for Breakfast
- Pancakes for Supper
- Marsupial Sue Presents "The Runaway Pancake"
If you have kids who want to learn to cook, pancakes might be a good place to begin! Fairy Tale Breakfasts has stories and recipes (including one for pancakes) that would be fun for younger children. If your kids can already cook some, they might want to try out some specialty pancakes–just look up pancakes or pancake art on Pinterest and prepare to be amazed! I am pretty sure some of these concoctions are beyond my abilities!