The Things This Dad Does With Pancakes Will Totally Make You Flip | 22 Words

While most of us struggle to make a pancake that doesn’t tear when we try to flip it, illustrator and math teacher Nathan Shields — who is currently living as a stay-at-home day — turns this breakfast staple into edible works of art for his two kids (and hundreds of thousands of fans).

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Not only does he have a popular website — Saipancakes — he also has a YouTube channel that shows his works in progress.

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Shields currently lives in Washington, but began entertaining his kids with his pancake creations during a nine-month adventure in Saipan.

His wife worked as a nurse-midwife, and he suddenly found himself in charge of two little kids.

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"I made them some pancake cars and trucks one morning, which were well-received, and a tradition was born," he said.

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Now he makes everything from marine and land animals to celebrities and intricate designs.

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The bonus?

Many of his creations are accurate representations of different animal species, which literally makes these pancakes brain food for his lucky kids.

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Shields said he’ll often choose a theme that interests him and that he wants to share with his kids.

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"We both end up learning something along the way," he said. "I didn't know what an argonaut was until last weekend."

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His creativity knows no bounds, and it’s safe to say, he can do more with pancake batter than most people can do with a pen.

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"It started out as a way to entertain my kids, which it still is, but now it's a fun artistic challenge as well," Shields said.

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How does he do it?

He’s found that a squeeze bottle gives him more control of the batter, but that he’s “still learning through trial and error — which are still delicious."

Breaking Bad

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Luke, I am your breakfast.

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Zach Galifianakis

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Culinary Commander-in-Chief

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Einstein's Theory of Relatively Awesome Edibles

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The Birds

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A school of fish that's almost too cool to eat.

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Frozen...in pancake batter.

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The Hobbit like you've never seen it.

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How about a cameo on The TODAY Show?

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Skillful skulls.

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Game of Thrones

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Apparently these are fractals, but I only see snacks.

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They eat brains, but who wouldn't prefer these pancakes?

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Sweet skulls — in more ways than one.

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Images via: Facebook

Be sure to check out more of his creations on his website and Facebook page.