I work at a university. I currently employ 19 students.
Last week was finals.
Did you ever go to college? And take finals?
That’s how my student employees were feeling.
So, I had an idea. Fix them breakfast!
College students love free food, right? Right! Especially when they don’t have to cook it themselves, right? Right.
So, I set a date for a free pancake breakfast, and invited them all to come.
This was not your typical pancake breakfast. Oh no, Nellie!
This was a create-art-with-some-batter-before-you-get-to-eat-your-pancake type of pancake breakfast.
I made LOTS of batter. I had empty Cool Whip containers. I had a plastic craft squeeze bottle similar to ketchup and mustard bottles.
I put batter in all of those containers. I added different food coloring to that batter.
Then, I told my students, “Be creative. Be artistic. Let your inner child go wild! Have fun!”
And have fun they did!
I must say that for many of them, colored pancake batter was a novelty to them. And to all of them, creating ‘art’ out of the batter was indeed a first!
Here, I’m having fun with a couple of my employees.
Take a look at what some of my students created! In this picture, he didn’t want to ‘create’ anything so she created this bird for him.
A batman figure. So clever!
A figure of a person.
A smiley face!
A fabulous daisy!
This student LOVES Easter eggs so she made pancake ones! With green Cool Whip for grass! This was one of my favorites!
And this was my favorite. Not only is his camera design clever, but the fact that he is one of my photographers makes his design even more special!
Let me repeat myself. My college-aged students LOVED this activity. They thought it was the cat’s meow. That it was outta-this-world fun and clever.
So, your grandkids love you. They think the world of you. They willingly do your activities. So, I can almost guarantee that your tween and teen grandchildren will like this activity, too.
So, make pancake batter. Divide it into bowls and squeeze bottles. Add food coloring.
Tell your grandkids to be creative. Be clever. Be unique. Be artistic.
Then, stand back and watch what kind of pancake art they create.
Oh, and have some unusual toppings, too. In addition to maple flavored syrup, I had Cool Whip and chocolate ice cream syrup. You could have caramel or strawberry ice cream toppings. You could have chocolate chips. (You could throw some chocolate chips in the batter, too!) Be creative on the toppings because that will add to the fun.