Oh yes, those are gluten free pancakes. And yes, I wrote letters and numbers with the batter to make breakfast a learning experience. I wrote each child's name, and did each child's age with the corresponding number of fruit slices and pancake dots.
I wouldn't consider it an understatement to say that this was the children's favorite breakfast that I've ever made. (I'm under that impression because they kept screaming, "Mom, this is the best breakfast you've ever made!")
Mildly obsessive to make my children learn at breakfast? Possibly. Seriously fun to make/eat/learn? Absolutely. So worth the obsessive moniker, from my perspective.
The secret to perfect letter and number making is to put the batter into an old ketchup bottle before you pour it. Like this:
If you drip a little, like I did with the "J" below (J happened to be the letter we were working on all day today so I did that one even though no one's name begins with that letter), just scrape it off with the spatula.