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"If You Give a Pig a Pancake" Story Time & Pancake Bar

We had a special Saturday Story Time in honor of Laura Numeroff's If You Give a Pig a Pancake. Guests were invited for a reading of the book, followed by a special appearance of Pig. Then they could grab a bowl of pancake batter, add their choice of mix-ins, and put them on the griddle for their own pancake.

For decor, I alternated pink and blue tablecloths, and made some pig balloons:

pink pig balloons

pig story time chair balloons

pig balloons

I also made some pig snout photo props:

pig nose photo prop

I read the story before bringing out Pig.

pig pancake story time

if you give a pig a pancake

The Pig costume was from Costume Specialists. We ordered Curious George from them before and were pleased, so I went for Pig next. She looked fabulous!

Once the kids had been sufficiently terrified by Pig it was Pancake Time! I mixed the batter beforehand and had it premeasured into styrofoam bowls. I used a 40 oz box of Bisquick with an additional 3 cups, mixed with 5 eggs and 6 2/3 cups milk, which was enough for about 40 good sized pancakes. I gave them a spoon and let them add whatever mix-ins they wanted.

pancake bar toppings

I had raisins, blueberries, sprinkles, chocolate chips, bacon bits, peanut butter chips, and pecans. The blueberries were the most popular and the raisins were the least.

Once the patrons had their batter ready, they took it to the griddle. I had 4 griddles being operated by volunteers.

pancake griddle

Once the pancakes were done cooking, patrons could add butter, syrup, and whipped cream. We also served milk and water.

It was a popular activity, and the sign up filled up in about 40 minutes. Then I had to make a waitlist. We may have to do it again!


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