These activites were for a Theme Day. This was the culmination of a unit on the 5 sense for a Kinder class, but can be adapted for other primary grades.
Books: Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomi De Paola
Pancakes Pancakes by Eric Carle
Objective: Students will participate in these activities and then review what we have learned about the 5 senses. .
Overview of Activities:
1.Pancake headbands: small motor activity.
2.Pancake sequencing: English language development
3.Pancake measuring: mathematics - using non-standard measurement.
4.Blueberry Pancakes: fine arts extension - small motor skills.
5.Pancake puppets: English language development - dramatic play.
6.Icky Sticky pancake painting: Science - using the sense of touch, sight, sound,and smell.
7. Eating pancakes: Science - using our five senses.
8.Charting the 5 senses: Science - review of what we have learned about the 5 senses. English language development - vocabulary and language development.
9.Additional Activities: English language development and sequencing numerals.
Activity: Pancake Headbands
Materials: each child will need a sentence strip or a strip of construction paper cut to make headbands. Each child will need two construction paper pancakes duplicated on brown construction paper, yellow construction paper cut into 1inch squares, scissors, glue, stapler.
Procedure: students cut out two paper pancakes and glue to headband. Student glue yellow squares of butter to
pancakes. an adult will fit the headband to students
head and staple the two ends together.
Activity: Pancake Sequencing
Materials: scissors, crayons, glue, construction paper cut to 6inches by 18inches, a copy of the sequencing page for each student. Page found in kinder- Mailbox mag.
Procedure: students color page then cut out squares , and
glue onto construction paper, in correct sequence.
Activity: Pancake Measuring
Materials: For each pair of students you will need 10
pancakes cut from construction paper and laminated. Eachstudent will need either a recorder or a counter necklace.
Each student will need a pencil and a recording sheet. Items to be measured are: a lunch box, table, paintbrush, and block.
Procedure: The counter will count and place the number of
paper pancakes needed to measure an object. The recorder will write that number on the recording sheet. After everyone has completed the activity, discuss with the whole class their results. You will need to discuss why some numbers are different.
Activity: Blueberry Pancake Art
Materials: for each student you will need 2-4 brown
construction paper pancakes, a frying pan stenciled onto a
piece of 12 X 18 black construction paper, 1inch yellow squares of construction paper, blue construction paper dots, glue, scissors, white crayon.
Procedure: Students cut out black frying pan and pancakes.
Students assemble pancakes, butter, and blueberries in their frying pan and glue. student write their name on the back of the frying pan with white crayon.
Activity: Pancake hand puppet
Materials: pancakes duplicated on construction paper,
brown and black felt tip markers, scissors, glue, odds and
ends from art box. (teacher may want to cut finger holes
ahead of time.)
Procedure: Students cut out pancake puppet and decorate.
Activity: Icky Sticky pancake painting
Materials: uncooked pancake batter, syrup, plastic plate.
Procedure: Place a small amount of pancake batter and
syrup onto a plastic plate. Students finger-paint with the
mixture. Discuss what senses they are using as they experiment with the mixture. Before we start I always remind students that we do not taste science or art materials. They are our tools and are not for consumption!
Activity: Eating pancakes
Materials: pancake mix, butter, syrup, plates, eating utensils,cooking utensils, electric griddle.
Procedure: Before students eat discuss the 5 senses and what they need to think about as they eat their pancakes.
Activity: Charting the 5 senses
Materials: chart of 5 senses drawn on poster board. marker to record responses.
Procedure: Whole group discussion of 5 senses and how they fit into the day. As students respond record descriptors in the appropriate column." What did you see, hear, smell, feel, and taste?"
Activity: Alphabet sequencing and matching. Number sequencing.
Materials: 26 pancakes with uppercase alphabet printed on them. 26 pancakes with lowercase alphabet printed
on them. 21 pancakes with numerals 0-20 written on them.
Procedure: Student can choose to sequence or match these materials.