To bring in the New Year, we decided to do this adorable pancake numbers craft! We love 100% edible crafts and this seemed like the perfect way to celebrate 2020!
Festive Pancake Fun!
We used our recipe for Easy Vanilla and Cinnamon Pancakes to turn our dinner into a celebration! It took a couple of tries, but we discovered that forming numbers out of batter is quite easy. The trick is to form the numbers backwards on the griddle, so that when you flip them over, the numbers have a nice, brown finish.
Making the pancake batter is super simple. Kids can take ownership of the measuring, pouring and mixing. Adults might want to step in when it comes to cooking/flipping the letter pancakes, but older kids can also take the lead with some supervision.
Tips for Forming Pancake Numbers
The funnest part of this pancake numbers craft is forming the letters on the griddle. The trickiest part is successfully flipping the letters over. Here are a few tips for having success:
- Use a Pyrex Measuring Cup to gently pour the batter in its desired number shape. Some sort of squeeze bottle would also work well (like an empty and cleaned Ketchup bottle).
- Write numbers BACKWARDS on the griddle so that when they are flipped over, your numbers will have a nice brown surface. Since our numbers were 2020, this rule only applied to our number “2’s”.
- Use TWO spatulas simultaneously to flip numbers. Depending on the size of your numbers, a single spatula might not be big enough to lift the full letter.
Ingredients: See Easy Vanilla and Cinnamon Pancakes Recipe!
Skills supported: Fine motor (pouring, flipping), writing, following instructions
- Ingredients from Easy Vanilla and Cinnamon Pancakes!
- Medium-large griddle
- Measuring cup with lip/spout like a Pyrex Measuring Cup
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Consider setting up the craft before cooking so that your kids can get to work right away.
- Make the pancake batter. We used the batter from our Easy Vanilla and Cinnamon Pancakes!
- Heat butter on a medium-large griddle pan at medium heat. Use a spouted measuring cup to pour batter onto heated griddle in shape of desired number.* NOTE: Consider writing numbers BACKWARDS on the griddle so that when they are flipped over, your numbers will have a nice brown surface.
- After 1-2 minutes, flip letter over and cook another minute or until browned.* Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy your festive treat!
*For toddlers especially, these tasks may require adult supervision and/or assistance.