Yesterday we celebrated pancake day, we decided to make our pancakes a bit differently this year, the children cooked the pancakes!
First we mixed up the pancake batter then we poured it into a little tin. Very carefully we lit a tea light candle and put it in a holder. We thought about how to keep ourselves safe. Then we put the tin over the candle, because it was made of metal the tin got hot so we added a peg to hold onto.
We watched the mini pancakes cooking. We could see them changing colour and changing from liquids.
Abraham – “When it’s cooked it won’t be wet anymore”
Paige – “I can see smoke (steam) it’s very hot”
Olivia – “You got to stay back”
Romeo – “I can see bubbles, its cooking”
Yusuff – “When it is cooked the pancake changes colour then you can toss it in the air”
Caitlyn – “I smell pancakes!”
We tried adding different amounts of mixture and cooking it for different times to see what happened.
We used the spatula to carefully turn our pancakes over. Then we added toppings.
We had lots of fun cooking the pancakes ourselves, we had to work very carefully and safely. As the pancake cooked slowly we could watch all the changes that happened. We liked being able to use the spatula ourselves to turn the pancake over. We also had some different flavours of pancake to try, lemon was our favourite!
How can you continue learning at home?
Being able to see how things change really helped the children to understand what was happening. At home you could cook together and watch how things cook.
The children loved it when they could see, hear and smell the changes that were happening. Why not try this at home by making your own play dough, helping to cook dinner, baking together, making popcorn or cooking pancakes? Can the children talk about what they can see, hear and smell?