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Celebrate Pancake day with your classes.

This year Pancake day falls on February 12th, 2013. Shrove Tuesday/Pancake day is the last day before Lent, a time of abstinence that lasts 47 days (40 days, not including Sundays) and ends at Easter. So what happens on Pancake day? People make and eat pancakes using up fat, flour, eggs and sugar, representing rich food that cannot be eaten during the time of Lent.

Background information

If you’re looking for background information for your Primary school children, why don’t you ask your pupils to read this Pancake day text or check out the pages at the Woodlands Junior School:   They include recipes, information about how Shrove Tuesday is celebrated around the world (for example Germany: Fastnacht or France: Mardi Gras) and photos of pancakes!

Your Secondary students will enjoy watching this short documentary about the Olney Pancake race:

Pancake day quiz

If your pupils have read about Pancake day and you just want to test their knowledge, get them to do an online Pancake day quiz here:

Pancake day videos

The great thing about Pancake day is that there are plenty of videos showing how to make pancakes. Look at these examples. I’m sure you’ll find many more! You can ask your students to watch the video and add subtitles with instructions for the recipe (if the video clip does not have subtitles already) or ask your students to film themselves making their own pancakes!

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This video about pancakes became famous overnight:

Check out the article about the video here:

Pancake day race comparisons

Get your students writing comparisons in this Pancake day race activity.

Pancake day interactive games

If you want to use interactive games with your classes, there are several around:

Play flip the pancake. First you click on the ingredients and mix them. Then practise tossing the pancake.

In this game, you need to memorise the quantity of each ingredient, then stir and cook the pancakes.

Whatever you do for Pancake day, don’t forget to try some pancakes!

Enjoy them!

Maria Toth