That’s right, it’s not just Mardis Gras tomorrow! It’s also Pancake Day (also known as Shrove Tuesday).
This historic holiday was once a tradition for families to use up ingredients like eggs and sugar that were restricted during Lent.
When we found out about traditional pancake races a few years ago, we adapted the fun with some local homeschool friends. I bought some cheap packaged pancakes for our races. To do your own pancake races, you line up and run as fast as you can, flipping your pancake on a plate or paper plate holder as you run, then hand off your pancake to your partner on the opposite side to race back with. You could also adapt it for just one or two participants too, of course!
Here’s some pictures of our fun…
Of course, you could also celebrate Pancake Day by just making a load of them and eating them for dinner (ooh, with a topping bar!) too!
Want more info about Pancake Day?
There’s info on Wikipedia, the International Pancake Day site and the Irish Culture and Customs site. This British site has lots of really fun information about pancake races and also lists some other traditional activities, like skipping and ” the world’s oldest, largest, longest and maddest football game.”
Happy Pancake Day!