This week Ms. Eileen and I are giving a nod to National Blueberry Pancake Day which is January 28th, National Pancake Day on February 5, and National Pancake Week which is February 19-25. Who knew there were so many "official" pancake days of honor?!
Our books this week included the lovely, lyrical "Like Butter on Pancakes", by Jonathan London with illustrations by Brian Karas, as well as:
If You Give a Pig a Pancake, by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
Pancakes, Pancakes, by Eric Carle
Hey, Pancakes, by Tamson Weston and Stephen Gammell (a big hit with the 4 and 5s)
Tyler Makes Pancakes! by Tyler Florence and Craig Frazier
Marsupial Sue Presents "The Runaway Pancake", by John Lithgow, ill. by Jack E. Davis. This was very dramatic and featured a sly fox, a sassy pancake, and a twist at the end. The 4/5 year olds were able to hang with this story, but I think we'll pass on it with the younger kids.
We started with a simple action rhyme:
Mix a pancake, stir a pancake
Plop it in the pan
Flip a pancake, Toss a pancake
Catch it if you can!
And then I presented "Flip Flap Jack", a fun and funny flannel board story to much delight. This is a variation on Aiken Drum and goes like this:
There was a man made out of food, (out of food?) yes, out of food. There was a man made out of food and his name was flip-flap jack. (When saying his name the kids clap their hands flip-flap 3 times)
His body was a waffle (a waffle?!) yes, a waffle. His body was a waffle and his name was flip-flap jack
Continue with a pancake as a face, banana arms, bacon legs, french toast feet, blueberry eyes, strawberry nose, orange ears, whipped cream hair, sausage mouth and lastly a raspberry bellybutton, complete with raspberry sound!
Our craft was printing with circles accompanied by Lisa Loeb's "Disappointing Pancake", and Maria Muldaur's "Making Breakfast for the Ones We Love".