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Cooking for kids: how to make animal pancakes

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Winter warmers to fill you up during the school holidays

It’s always hard to spend time away from the screen when it’s chilly outside, especially during the school holidays. One way to keep busy and have fun when you’re stuck inside is to get cooking! 

In this article, we show you how to make animal pancakes.  

Pancakes are an easy recipe option for kids because they can be served with almost anything! Sweet, salty or sour, any toppings go well with pancakes. You can make them thin, thick, crispy or fluffy.  


Some sweet and savoury topping combinations include: 

  • Maple syrup 
  • Nutella 
  • Jam 
  • Fruit including strawberries, bananas, blueberries, blackberries and kiwi fruit 
  • Whipped cream 
  • Chocolate chips  
  • Lemon juice 
  • Sugar 
  • Walnuts 
  • Plain butter  
  • Honey 
  • Sausage 
  • Bacon 
  • Cheese  
  • Ham
  • Sour cream and chives 

And many more! What can you come up with? 

Therapeutic benefits of cooking include: 

Improving how we follow instructions

Example: Many recipes require a lot of patience as there are many steps to follow. If you rush while you cook, you can often get the recipe wrong or miss an important step. Practicing patience in the kitchen is a great way to practice being calm and slow in everyday life. When we do this, the result is almost always positive. Cooking requires us to flex our communication muscles and be clear about what we need. You might need to ask someone to grab a plate from a high shelf or something from the fridge.  

Encouraging us to do things on our own

Example: Cooking requires some independence and allows us to make important decisions about what we want to eat and how we want things to taste. Making decisions about this is important and can encourage us to think about what we want in everyday life as well.

Encouraging positive hygiene (washing our hands and cleaning up after each other)

Example: When you cook, you must keep clean to avoid germs and cross-infection. It’s important to wash your hands before you start cooking so that you, but also the people you cook for, don’t get sick. Encouraging us to be healthy and decide what we put in our bodies is a great step towards independence and allows us to think about our health.  


Encouraging a sense of accomplishment once we have finished a meal and can share with our family and friends

Example: When we complete a yummy meal and share it with our family and friends, it is a great achievement. Watching people enjoy what we cook is a great boost for our confidence and self-esteem. 


Using fine motor skills

Example: Chopping, mincing, sifting and grating is a great way to use our fine motor skills. Practicing precise movements not only helps us focus, but also supports muscle strength. 


Narla, Nevaeh and Montanna’s pancake animals 


  • 1 egg 
  • ¾ cup milk 
  • 2 tablespoons sugar 
  • 1 cup self-raising flour 
  • 50g butter 
  • Fruit of your choice  

Utensils needed 

  • 1 bowl  
  • 1 measuring cup
  • 1 tablespoon
  • 1 whisk
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 frying pan 



Step One

In a bowl, whisk the egg  

Step Two

Add milk to the bowl and mix 

Step Three

Add sugar to the bowl and mix 

Step Four

Sift the flour into the blow and mix until smooth  

Step Five

Heat pan and melt a small amount of butter 

Step Six

Pour ¼ cup of mixture into the centre of the pan 

Step Seven

When large bubbles form on the surface of the pancake, it is time to flip it over 

Step Eight

Make sure the second side is cooked and then remove from the pan 

Step Nine

Cut fruit and place onto pancake. Decorate pancakes into animal faces. Some fun examples are lion or cat faces!  


Thanks to Narla, Nevaeh and Montanna for their flippin’ helpful pancake skills. We hope families can use this recipe as just one fun activity to stay away from the screen during the school holidays. 

Quick tip: Need more ideas to reduce screen time? Check out our top five activities to stay away from the screen.  

Do you struggle to get your kids involved in cooking?

We know that kids learn and engage best through fun activities and play. Did you know that we offer a range of therapy groups including cooking school to develop your kids’ social skills, movement and fitness, and learning? Our therapy groups support the development of new skills in a way that is meaningful for kids.

For more information on our groups visit Cooking Group on our website. You can also call us at 1300 668 482 or visit our Contact Us page for more ways to get in touch.