Books are a huge part of our family’s life so it’s no surprise they find their way into our birthday celebrations as well! Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk is one of my son’s favorite picture books and pancakes are one of his favorite foods so we decided to celebrate his birthday with a party based around those things!
We started off by reading the book aloud. The basic premise of the book is that good friends Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast discover there is only a drop of syrup left and they race each other through the fridge to get to it first. As a result of all their focus being on competing with each other, the course is bumpy and someone else beats both of them there. They realize they shouldn’t have spent their time fighting with each other and losing sight of their goal.
Each person got to wear a Team Lady Pancake or Team Sir French Toast badge (printed from the author’s website).
After reading the book the kids went through a little obstacle course I set up that was modeled after the various parts of the fridge they traveled through.
Slid down Potato Mash Mountain!
Splat! Falling into the jam
Riding in the Bread Boat
Falling down the bean avalanche
Climbing celery ladder
Oh no! The syrup is all gone!
On the way back they had to work together and use teamwork to complete all the tasks together instead of fighting.
Afterwards the kids did some coloring sheets and a maze downloaded from the author’s website.
We also read the sequel book The Case of the Stinky Stench
We ate a meal of pancakes, french toast and fruit for dinner.
And then we sang and had the cake!
My husband and I worked together on the cake and he did most of the decorating.
We love this series of books and had a great time making it come alive. My son went through the obstacle course a couple more times on his own to have some more fun acting out the story! I will be saving the materials to use again for a storytime or preschool activity because it was a hit!
A third book called Mission Defrostable was released in September 2018 and was a very fun addition! We read all three books regularly.
Have you ever thrown a party based around a book? We’ve done a Three Little Pigs birthday party, a Dear Zoo inspired birthday party, and others that included books into the theme– and I’m sure there will be more in our future!