Twinkl Education Blog
27 Feb '17

Pancake Day Discovery Sack

Did you know that Twinkl has a range of discovery sacks suitable for use in the Early Years Foundation Stage? These bumper packs are topic based and feature a wide selection of resources that can be used across the curriculum. All the resources within the discovery sacks can be printed, laminated and stored in a cloth bag to be enjoyed year after year. I was intrigued by the Pancake Day Discovery and Plan Sack and wanted to put it to the test.

The Pancake Day Discovery Sack comes with a detailed plan of all the potential activities contained in the pack. The contents include a Pancake Day Matching Pairs Game, Pancake and Frying Pan Race Activity, page borders, display photos, topic word cards and Pancake Recipe Cards. The pack also includes fact cards to save you time in researching the topic as well as a storybook list.

Pancake facts from Twinkl

I was impressed with the range of activities included in the pack, particularly the science activities. As a teacher I struggled to find simple science experiments that young children could complete themselves. I was pleased to see the pack included three relevant experiments that used every day items. The science plans were easy to follow and gave a simple explanation as to why the experiment worked. I decided to try the Lemon Juice Dropping Science Experiment with my four year old.

Pancake science for Shrove Tuesday

The only resources we needed were flour, bicarbonate of soda, water, lemon and a small pipette. We placed 1 teaspoon of flour on a plate and added a few drops of water at a time. We mixed the two ingredients together until we had a dough like consistency. Mixing the flour and water together may have been easier in a small bowl or teacup as the quantities were so small. My son moulded the flour dough into a tiny pancake.

Making mini pancakes

Next we repeated the process replacing the flour with 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda. This needed less water to create the mini pancake.

The easy to follow instruction card said to use lemon juice for the next part of the experiment. Although we could have used lemon juice from a bottle I wanted my son to have the additional sensory experience of squeezing his own lemon juice.Using a juice extractor to squeeze the lemon helped work his fine and gross motor skills as well as smelling wonderful.

Lemon juice for pancakes

The card that came with the pack gave useful question prompts to enable the children to predict what would happen when the lemon was added to the flour and the bicarbonate of soda pancakes.

We first explored the flour pancake. My son squirted a few drops of lemon juice onto the pancake but nothing happened. There was no reaction.

However, as soon as my son dropped lemon onto the bicarbonate of soda pancake there was an immediate reaction. The small pancake started to bubble and fizz. My son was reminded of our recent Bicarbonate of Soda and Vinegar Bubbles Messy Play activity.

Pancake experiment Science for Shrove Tu

As I lack scientific knowledge I am always thankful when experiments come with a clear explanation as to what is happening during the experiment. The explanation was age appropriate and my four year old understood why the two pancakes reacted differently to the lemon juice.

This is not the only science experiment included in the Pancake Day Discovery Sack. There are also details for a Bouncing Egg experiment whilst the Moulding Milk experiment teaches you how to make your own mouldable plastic from milk.

Take a look at the wide range of Discovery Sacks available to be used in the Foundation Stage. Titles include minibeasts, farm, spring, dinosaurs and pirates to name just a few. The resources are exciting to use and will save you time.

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