Posted on January 16, 2020

Stir Up Memories, Math Skills & More!

Cook Peppa Pig Fruity Face Pancakes Together!

When Peppa Pig and her family make pancakes together, Mummy Pig pours the ingredients into the bowl, Peppa and George stir up the batter, and Daddy Pig makes a mess as he tries flipping his own pancake. What’s better than watching Mummy Pig, George and Peppa prepare pancakes? Doing it yourself — as a family!

You might be surprised at how much your kids — with a little encouragement — can do in the kitchen. Starting at about 18 months, most kids can start pouring ingredients into bowls, rinsing fruits and vegetables, stirring batter, mashing fruits and vegetables, sprinkling spices, and more. At four, most kids can help you crack eggs, roll dough, cut using kid-safe knives, juice lemons, whisk, and set the table.

The Facts & Benefits of Cooking with Your Kids

Cooking with kids can take longer and can be a little (or a lot) messier than cooking solo, but research shows that cooking together makes families stronger and helps kids develop in important ways:

Nutrition and Health:
They’re more willing to try new foods and healthier foods. Research shows that kids eat more fruits and veggies after learning to prepare them.

Fine Motor Skills:
When kids use their hands to cook — tearing, wrapping, stirring, pouring, spreading, cutting — they’re developing their fine motor skills and muscles.

Early Math Skills:
  Working together in the kitchen — counting, weighing, measuring, estimating, timing — can help kids learn early math skills.

Make your own Peppa Pig Fruity Face Panckakes!

Watch Peppa and her family make pancakes in Noggin — and get inspired to make your own batch together with your family. If you’re up for it, try our simple banana pancake recipe that uses ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen to create Peppa Pig Fruity Face Pancakes!

Ingredients


2 ripe bananas

2 teaspoons baking powder (Optional: this will make your pancakes fluffier, but the recipe will work if you don’t have any!)

2 large eggs (If you don’t want to use eggs, use your favorite egg substitute. Many people like “flax eggs.” To make one flax egg, mix 1 tablespoon of flax seed powder and 3 tablespoons of water, and let it sit until the mixture becomes gelatinous.Bonus points if you can teach your little one the word “gelatinous!”

5 tablespoons of your favorite oats or flour (white whole wheat, almond flour, or plain old all purpose — whatever you have in your kitchen).

Oil or butter for greasing the pan

Your favorite fruits: berries, bananas, orange slices, peaches, pomegranate seeds, or whatever you like

Instructions


1. Wash your hands with soap and warm water. Everyone — kids and grown-ups — needs clean hands before starting to cook!

2. Work with your little one to wash your fruits and prepare them to use as decorations. This might mean cutting strawberries or bananas using a kid-safe knife or separating oranges into wedges.

3. Help them mash the bananas in a bowl. Feel free to channel your frustration at being awoken before dawn to mush those bananas until they’re smooth!

4. Work together to measure and mix in the baking powder if you’re using it.

5. Work together to crack and mix in the eggs or egg substitute.

6. Work together to measure and mix in the flour or oats.

7. This part is for a grown-up: Heat a lightly oiled or buttered pan or griddle. Pour or scoop the batter onto the pan or griddle. Brown the pancakes on both sides.

8. When your pancakes are ready, lay out plates, pancakes, and prepared fruits and help kids decorate! Try making the pancakes look like Peppa Pig or other animals. You could create pancake elephants or cats, a pancake monster, or even pancake family portraits. Get creative and be sure to use your imagination when kids present their “Peppa” creations.


What would you advise other families to cook together? Share your advice or your culinary creations on Facebook and tag us @Noggin! 

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