Occasionally I make pancakes for breakfast for my grandchildren. It’s a quick meal that they really enjoy and in which I can hide nutrients—a little applesauce anyone? Today though was a little different.
My granddaughter sat in the middle of the kitchen floor when I asked, “What do you want for breakfast, Sweetie Pie? How about some pancakes?”
“How about some Baby Bear pancakes with honey?” she replied.
“Yes, but how about Baby Bear’s letter pancakes, two letters, B.B.—for Baby Bear,” I said.
“Great idea, Grandma, but wait, how about L.P. instead?”
“Wow, you know your initials! Right you are—L.P."
And so it began, the letter pancake saga. Every time I made pancakes, no matter what flavor they were, we turned them into letters and used them to write words. When Little Bear, her brother, joins in the game we have even more letters.
They are learning to read and write and don’t even know it. How about taking a bite off the right side of a capital ‘H’ and turning it into a lower case ‘h’? How could they turn an ‘I’ into an ‘i’? What letters should we use tomorrow? I bet they could think of many more ideas—especially with a little help. Oh, the joys of having a teacher grandma—Granny Nanny, that is! Can you think of other ways to turn a meal into a learning experience?