Pancake Art a Tool for Dad to Educate Kids

PHOTO: The Pokemon logo and two characters are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.Courtesy Nathan Shields
The Pokemon logo and two characters are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.

We've all seen some pretty cool examples of pancake art, but these edible creations from one dad just might take the ... pancake.

Nathan Shields, 34, was looking for a way to make breakfast fun and interesting in 2012 after his family moved to the U.S. commonwealth of Saipan, an island in the western Pacific Ocean, and he was tasked with taking care of his kids full-time.

"I made some cars and trucks one morning with the food, and it was a positive reaction, although the audience isn’t too choosy," Shields said. "It was fun enough that I wanted to try it again."

PHOTO: Various species of trees are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.Courtesy Nathan Shields
Various species of trees are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.

Shields has since mastered his pancake-making skills, graduating to using a squeeze bottle for better precision to educate his children once a week on topics like architecture, history, geography, pop culture, literature, mathematics, science and more. He then posts the creations to his blog Saipan Pancakes.

PHOTO: South African President Nelson Mandela appears in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.Courtesy Nathan Shields
South African President Nelson Mandela appears in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.

"I'll take my kids' requests or I'll wake up one morning and decide then what I'm interested in and what I want to share with my kids," he said. "Sometimes it's topics from the nearby area like wild flowers or trees or animals and sometimes it's a little more exotic topics."

PHOTO: Characters from The Hobbit movie are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.Courtesy Nathan Shields
Characters from "The Hobbit" movie are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.

Though the creations are pretty detailed, Shields still looks at the exercise as more fun than educational.

PHOTO: Various types of sports are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.Courtesy Nathan Shields
Various types of sports are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.

"I don't aim to teach facts, just to foster an interest and a questioning mentality,” he said. “The kids are always enthusiastic to learn new things.”

PHOTO: Various human organs are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.Courtesy Nathan Shields
Various human organs are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.

PHOTO: Various species of fish are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.Courtesy Nathan Shields
Various species of fish are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.

PHOTO: Winnie the Pooh characters are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.Courtesy Nathan Shields
Winnie the Pooh characters are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.

PHOTO: Various dinosaurs are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.Courtesy Nathan Shields
Various dinosaurs are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.

PHOTO: Vegetables are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.Courtesy Nathan Shields
Vegetables are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.

PHOTO: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney appear in pancake art made by Nathan Shields to illustrate the 2012 election for his children. Courtesy Nathan Shields
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney appear in pancake art made by Nathan Shields to illustrate the 2012 election for his children.

PHOTO: Famous buildings from around the world are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.Nathan Shields
Famous buildings from around the world are portrayed in pancake art made by illustrator Nathan Shields for his children.

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