Pancake Day - Shrove Tuesday

.Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is a day celebrated around the world to mark the start of Lent with millions of people taking part in the festivities.

The toddler children at Portland House have been getting stuck into pancake day, a group of children joined Katie making some lemon scented pancake playdough. Katie spoke about the different ingredients we needed to use and everyone had a turn mixing and pouring the ingredients into the big bowl. All the children then had the opportunity to explore the pancake playdough using different tools, rolling it out and even had a turn flipping it in the metal pans.

Preschool enjoyed reading the story of “Mr Wolfs pancakes”, learning about the ingredients that he needed to cook them, where he would buy them from and discussed the purpose of weighing scales and how we use them to measure the amounts of the flour that we need to make our pancakes. There was lots of discussions around the toppings we would like to eat on our pancakes and who would be having some at home. The story also made us consider our feelings, asking others for help and sharing. We then went on to create and design our own pancakes on the creative table and are looking forward to making our own pancakes and tasting them with different toppings.

How to make a pancake at home.

Here’s all the ingredients you need to make pancakes…

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • oil
  • toppings

You will also need a bowl and a pan.


Put 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of milk and 2 eggs into a bowl and mix them to make pancake mix.

Put oil into a pan and when hot pour the pancake mix onto the pan and flip them when the mixture is cooked on one side until the pancake is cooked evenly on both sides.

When cooked, put the pancakes on a plate and add whatever toppings you like.

10 fun facts about pancake day

1. Pancake Day is also known as Shrove Tuesday.

It is also known as lots of different names across the world.

In Germany they call it ‘Fastnacht’ which means ‘eve of the fast’.

2. Pancake Day is a Christian festival.

Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is actually a Christian Festival.

It always falls on the Tuesday before the beginning of Lent.

During Lent, some people give up things like chocolate and sweets.

Pancake Day marks the last day they can eat these things before Lent starts.

3. It always falls 47 days before Easter.

Did you know that although Pancake Day is on a Tuesday each year, it falls on different dates. It is always exactly 47 days before Easter!

4. The name ‘Shrove Tuesday’ comes from the word ‘shriving’.

Shrove Tuesday comes from the word ‘shriving’.

Shriving means listening to someone’s sins and then forgiving them.

In the past Christians would use the day to confess their sins.

5. The first pancake day was in 1445.

It is believed that Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday started in 1445 in Olney in Buckinghamshire, England.

A lady was getting carried away with making pancakes when she heard the church bells for the Shrove Tuesday mass.

She was late! The lady ran to the church with all of her pancakes and that’s where the pancake tradition started.

6. The most pancakes flips in a minute is 140.

It’s not Pancake Day without flipping your pancake!

According to the Guinness World Records, Brad Jolly from Australia has done the most flips of a pancake in one minute. He managed to flip the pancake 140 times.

7.There are lots of different types of pancakes.

There are lots of different types of pancakes and toppings.

One of the most popular is lemon and sugar… but some people like chocolate spread or fruit. Some people even have savoury pancakes.

8. Around 52 million eggs are used on Pancake Day!

In the UK, it is estimated that around 52 million eggs are used on the day. That’s a lot of eggs.

9. The biggest pancake in the world was over 15 metres wide!

The biggest ever pancake was made in Manchester. It won the Guinness World Record.

The pancake was over 15 metres wide, 2.5 centimetres thick and around 6 and a half pounds heavy!

10. You can make pancakes with only 3 ingredients!

You don’t need many ingredients to make pancakes, all you need is flour, eggs and milk.

Get 120 grams of plain flour and mix it with 2 eggs and 300ml of milk for the perfect pancake mix.

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