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Pancake Pile-Up Board Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

Pancake Pile-Up Board Game: Rules and Instructions for How to Play

Pancake Pile-Up How to Play Quick Links: | Objective | Setup | Playing the Game | Winning the Game | FAQ | Components |

Objective of Pancake Pile-Up

The objective of Pancake Pile-Up is to be the first player/team to complete the current order card.


  • Place all of the pancakes and pats of butter inside the bottom half of the box.
  • If there are more than two players, the players need to divide into two teams.
  • Place a plate for each player/team approximately 15 feet away from the bottom half of the box.
  • Each team takes a spatula.
  • Set the order cards face down next to the bottom half of the box.
Setup for Pancake Pile-Up

Playing Pancake Pile-Up

To start the game flip over one of the order cards so the picture is shown. The picture will show a set of pancakes in a specific order. The players/teams have to recreate the stack of pancakes on their own plate.

Order of pancakes
For this game the players have to create the following stack of pancakes: banana, blueberry, strawberry, plain, chocolate chip and a pat of butter.

One of the players will call out “Order up!” One player from each team tries to find a pancake in the bottom of the box that matches the lowest pancake in the picture. They will pick up the corresponding pancake with their spatula.

Grabbing a pancake in Pancake Pile-Up
The bottom pancake on the chosen card was a banana pancake. The first player on this team used their spatula to pick up a banana pancake.

They will then try to move it onto their plate.

Placing a pancake
After grabbing the banana pancake the player has to race back to their plate. They will place the pancake on their plate.

The player will then pass the spatula to the next player on their team. If there are only two players, each player plays as all of the members of their team. The next player then tries to pick up the second pancake from the order card and add it to their plate.

Placing another pancake
The second player on this team grabbed the next pancake shown on the card. They place the blueberry pancake on top of the banana pancake.

Both players/teams try to complete their stack of pancakes as quickly as possible. Once all of the pancakes are on the plate, you will add a pat of butter to the top of the stack.

Completing a stack of pancakes
This team has completed their stack of pancakes by placing a pat of butter on the top.

Winning Pancake Pile-Up

The first team to successfully recreate the order shown on the order card, wins the game. Players should verify that all of the pancakes were placed in the correct order. If any of the pancakes are in the wrong order, the player/team does not win until they correct the order.

Winning Pancake Pile-Up
This team has completed their stack of pancakes. Normally you would have them placed on top of one another. For illustrative purposes I have spread them out. The team placed the pancakes in the following order: banana, blueberry, strawberry, plain, chocolate chip and a pat of butter. Since this matches the card, this team has won the game.

Pancake Pile-Up FAQ

If you have any questions about how to play Pancake Pile-Up, leave a comment below on this post. I will try to answer any questions asked as best and as quickly as possible.

Components for Pancake Pile-Up


  • 10 pancakes
    • 2 blueberry
    • 2 strawberry
    • 2 banana
    • 2 chocolate chip
    • 2 plain
  • 2 pats of butter
  • 2 plates
  • 2 spatulas
  • 10 order cards
  • Griddle game board (inside of box)
  • Instructions

Year: 2014 | Publisher: Educational Insights

Genres: Action, Children’s, Dexterity

Ages: 4+ | Number of Players: 2-12 | Length of Game: 5 minutes

Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: Moderate

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