Pancake Pile-Up! is a great way to enjoy Pancake Day this year (and it's completely calorie free!)
It is a fun relay race game where you stack 'em high and serve 'em up according to the illustrations on the order cards. Using their spatulas, little ones race to find the right pancakes in the right order and stack them on the paper plate topped with a pat of butter, to win the game.
We were sent the game to try out together. I loved the pancakes which are soft to touch and decorated with strawberries, bananas, choc chips and blueberries. They sit well on the spatulas ready to race. The game comes with order cards and the idea is for the players to collect the pancakes in order to make up the required stack as quickly as possible. The bottom of the box doubles up as a griddle for the pancakes throughout the game, which is a nice touch. It's fast, it's fun and can be played with two players or teams.
This is a game of speed, co-ordination, concentration and sequencing. It enhances memory skills and children can practice ordering. Children learn to pay attention and take turns if they play in teams. Balance and hand-eye co-ordination is enhanced and gross motor skills are developed. Kids are up and active as they race to complete the order in this physical game. It is a great activity for rainy days or for when Freddy has friends round to play.
Freddy loved playing the relay race with his sisters, but he also loved using the game for role play. He enjoyed serving us up stacks of pancakes matching the orders to the cards. We talked about all the different flavours of pancakes available and he practiced his counting skills as he served up our pancakes. So the play value of this game goes way beyond the rules!
The game is suitable for children aged 4 and up. Freddy is 4 and it was perfect for him. It really is a lovely game which doubles up as a short order chef play set!
Pancake Pile-Up! can be purchased online from Learning Resources priced at £14.95 + VAT.