The fire was crackling away today for our first stay and play event of the week. Parents joined their children for an outdoor cookery session round the fire to sample a tried and tested Cart Mill favourite, pancakes.
All the children are aware of the hazards around the fire and they know how they can stay safe but we had to make sure our visitors knew how to be safe around the fire pit. The children impressed everyone with their knowledge of fire safety. Risky play is so important to development, it can result in developing more confidence, safety awareness and better risk assessment skills, this works for mums and dads too! After some measuring and mixing, it was time to sit back in the winter sunshine and enjoy our pancakes.
Following yesterday’s wet weather cooking, the children were really keen to cook outdoors again today especially as the sun was shining. We looked at all the ingredients that we had and we decided that pancakes would be a great thing to cook. The girls and boys counted the eggs and weighed the flour and sugar, then mixed it in to a lovely batter. We are so lucky to have a new griddle pan that fits on the fire and it cooked our pancakes perfectly.
The children were excited to make and eat some lovely pancakes today. Our pancakes were made using a healthy recipe without sugar. Some of the children noticed the lack of sweetness and some didn’t like the pancakes. Next time I think we should just use sugar, Pancake Day is only once a year after all!
Today the children celebrated Pancake Tuesday by making pancakes for snack. Before making the pancakes the children looked at the recipe and the ingredients and thought about the utensils they would need to make them.
Christopher said “We need a bowl and the scales. We use them to measure.”
The children each had a turn of mixing the ingredients.
They followed simple instructions and worked together as part of a small group.
They learned about being safe when using the frying pan and being in the kitchen.
The children all enjoyed pancakes for snack!
Holly said “They are yummy. Can we have them every day?”