This Dad Makes Incredibly Elaborate Pancake Art For His Kids

Every child need a pancake Tyrannosaurus.

1. Nathan Shields started making pancake art for his two children, Gryphon and Alice, a few years ago. Since then, he’s been documenting his creations on his blog.

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2. Over time, his creations have got more and more elaborate.

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3. He’s done dinosaurs.

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4. And Star Wars characters.

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5. And marine invertebrates.

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“You can’t go wrong with a pan full of tentacles,” he notes.

6. Also, Albert Einstein.

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7. He uses a squeeze bottle to precisely control the flow of the pancake batter into a non-stick pan.

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8. And he achieves the different shades by drawing the darker areas first, so they brown for longer.

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9. Nathan, a maths teacher and illustrator who lives in Port Angeles, Washington, started making the pancakes to amuse his kids.

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10. “I made some vehicles one morning, which the kids found quite entertaining. The next week I tried some animal shapes, encouraged by friends who saw the picture on Facebook.”

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11. Since then, the art pancakes have become a weekly tradition.

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12. Nathan says: “It’s always a surprise whether the design comes out as planned, but the good thing is that the ugly ones taste as good as the pretty ones.”

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13. Sometimes he takes requests from the kids, and sometimes he just explores themes he finds interesting.

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14. “The kids are able to make some of their own now, so it appears we’ll be doing this for a while,” he adds.

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Tom Phillips is the UK editorial director for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
 
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