Exploring art & risky play through food: The Pancake Edition!

Pancakes are the ultimate comfort food, whether you’re cooking them up for a Sunday morning breakfast with the family or indulging in trying ‘breakfast for dinner’!

For the children and team members at Greenwood Gladesville, pancakes are always a favourite, and they were inspired to immerse themselves in a full pancake-appreciation experience.

The children not only worked with their educators to make the pancakes, but also showed their interpretations through other creative mediums, such as drawings!

Here are a few of our favourite interpretations…

Pancakes and Risky Play

When it came to preparing and making their own pancakes, our educators provided the children with opportunities to participate in a “risky play” experience. Here, the children are encouraged to take small risks under the constant supervision of our staff, such as pouring the pancake batter into the frying pan, or trying to flip a pancake with a sptaula.

Risky play has multiple benefits, such as allowing children to:

  • Push themselves to the limits of their capabilities
  • Make progress at their own pace
  • Feel in control of their actions
  • Learn boundaries in a safe and secure environment

Make your own pancakes!

There’s no way we could talk about pancakes without sharing our recipe with you! Straight from our centre kitchen to you, here’s an easy pancake recipe you can trywith your child at home.


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 and 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • butter, for frying, plus extra, to serve
  • Maple syrup and fresh fruit, to serve


  1. Whisk eggs, milk and vanilla together in a jug.
  2. Sift flour into a large bowl. Stir in sugar.
  3. Make a well in the centre. Add the milk mixture. Whisk until just combined
  4. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Grease pan with butter or spray with cooking oil. Using 1/4 cup mixture per pancake, cook 2 pancakes for 2 minutes or until bubbles appear on surface. Turn and cook for a further 1-2 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. Cut up fresh fruits and serve with maple syrup and whipped cream.

Why not step it up a notch and decorate it with your favorite toppings? Don’t forget to tag us on our Greenwood Facebook page when you do. We would love to see your creations!


Author: Admin

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