Scary Pancake Fun: Counting Candy Corns

Just about every Friday, my family goes to IHOP, one of my daughter’s favorite restaurants to have breakfast for dinner. This time of year, however, is extra special because the scary pancake face it added to the menu for Halloween. It comes with two miniature Oreo cookies for the eyes, a strawberry for the nose, candy corn for the teeth and whipped cream too.

A couple of weeks ago when the Scary Pancake appeared on the menu, my daughter was very excited to order it but when the pancake and its toppings to create the scary face arrived, Quinn looked intently at the picture then at the container with the candy corn. “Wait a minute! The picture shows seven candy corn and even has some left in the container on the side, but mine only came with five!” she exclaimed.

Ever since my daughter was a baby, she’s always been inquisitive and attentive. As she’s gotten older, I’ve notice how exacting and observant she is, and I love it! I asked, “What would you like to do? Do you want to inform the server?” She shook her head but then whispered to me as she saw him walk by, “Can you tell him please, Mommy?” Upon letting him know my five year old’s observation, he came back with about ten more candy corns, smiled and apologized to Quinn for not bring out the right amount. She was so happy. My husband then jokingly brought to her attention that she now had more than the picture was displaying. So she quickly gobbled up some of the candy corn and then said, “Now it’s the same amount as the picture!”

I love how there are so many opportunities in life for learning experiences. My daughter practiced her counting skills, used some critical thinking and even took the initiative to rectify an error in the amount of her candy corn.

All the best,

Tanya

Autumn Fun with My Little One (Part Two) Scary Pancake Face at IHOP

Quinn's Scary Face Pancake at IHOP

Quinn’s Scary Face Pancake at IHOP

Now that summer has officially drawn to a close, and we are well into autumn, I’ve been looking for fun activities for my daughter. Going out to eat is a special treat she enjoys, but she can be finicky with her eating habits. One place we can rely on is IHOP for pancakes, so this past Friday, we went to the location in Jenkintown, PA, which is just a few miles up the road. Who would have thought that we would have stumbled upon some autumn fun as a part of our dining experience? With Halloween approaching, IHOP is offering a special for children under twelve to decorate their own scary face pancake, which Quinn was very eager to do.  As this activity put a smile on her face, it put smiles her father’s face and mine too because, as a bonus, the meal is free on Fridays for children. She knew exactly how she wanted to design her scary face pancake and was even hesitant to eat it because she didn’t want to destroy its face. We even took a portion of it home, and she sadly exclaimed, “Oh no! My pancake’s scary face is ruined! Can we make another?” Of course,  I am happy to oblige and looking forward to making some more scary face pancakes in the days and weeks to come.

All the best,

Tanya