When the smell of pancakes drifts through our home, it is usually the weekend. We love the homey and relaxing scent. Pancakes are a breakfast to savor and forget about the weekday rush. The theme for Playful Preschool this week is pancakes. Since the Sugar Snaps love too cook, I decided to have them make pancakes, with a twist.
Mini Muffin Tin Surprise Pancakes
You will need:
- Pancake Batter (I pinned this easy pancake recipe which uses ingredients most people have at home. We made this from scratch (but it’s almost as easy as a mix!)
- 4 different types of fillings that kids would like-We used gummy fruit snacks, banana slices, chocolate/peanut butter chip mix and animal crackers (broken to fit inside the tin)
- Mini muffin tin
- Cooking spray
Tip: I recommend getting a sifter and having your preschooler use it in baking. It is great for fine motor skills and is worth the investment, both to have fluffier baked goods and to add to the fun for kids.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray your mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Make your batter. I recommend breaking it into small steps and having your preschooler practice measuring, pouring and mixing the ingredients. Set out four fillings in separate containers. Add (or have your preschooler add) one teaspoon of batter to each of the 24 muffin cavities. Next, have your preschoolers add one row of each filling, one at a time. I had them count three chocolate/peanut butter chips when using that filling. Alternating fillings helps them with patterning and organization. Once all of the fillings have been added, add one teaspoon of batter on top of each filling to cover it up. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15 minutes, or until cooked through and golden brown on top.
The fillings are hidden underneath the batter.
I placed the pancakes in these cute cupcake liners after they came out of the oven.
Once the pancakes have cooled enough to handle, place four on the plate (one of each filling) and have your preschooler pick one to eat and be surprised by what filling is inside. They could also guess as to which filling is inside. The Sugar Snaps had a lot of fun picking out a pancake and discovering the hidden filling. The gummy fruit snacks fell out the bottom on a couple of muffins but were easy to pop back inside. It may be a good idea to add a little more batter to the bottom if you decide to use that as one of your filling options. Alternatively, you could cut pieces of fruit leather which are a little lighter weight. Have you made pancakes with your children? Do you have any fun twists on traditional pancakes. Please feel free to share in the comments or on the Capri + 3 Facebook page. I’d love to see your pancake photos there.
Check out the rest of the #playfulpreschool pancake themed educational ideas.
Beginning Sound Pancakes from Growing Book by Book
Pancake Shape Toss by Rainy Day Mum
Pancake Class Recipe Book by Fun-A-Day
Pancake Counting and Addition Game by Mom Inspired Life
Mini Muffin Tin Surprise Pancakes by Capri + 3