10th - 17th May
Man I love bread, and sandwiches. And, toast! I also like to get creative and don’t do it anywhere near enough with Reuben because I find the whole idea of it, beyond colouring, a bit stressful! So, when ao.com invited us to take part in making some toast art, I thought “stop being such a chicken, Hannah, and just do it”.
Ever since Reuben started pre-school, I’ve been thinking I MUST prepare some activities to do together after school and 2 months later…well, unless colouring counts, we’ve not done any.
Sometimes one needs a challenge to bring the best out (incidentally, did you see my blog in the Huffington Post yet? It’s about just that: Motherhood, Anxiety and Castles!).
So, yesterday after school, armed with bread* and an array of things to make art with, and an unusually willing toddler…we got to it!
It turns out Reuben’s willingness to participate was mainly due to the fact I had cut up some cheese.
But once he’d seen me play for a while (and eaten all the cheese so I had to get some more), he started to play too trying out the flower cutter for size.
Meanwhile, move over Monet, I’d created this masterpiece.
Reuben spotted the flowers and had fun with those…
Then spotted the pens and started to really get creative!
He even put a cucumber flower on it – it’s a miracle. I’m going to be using that flower cutter more often!
Since Reuben didn’t have much interest in the other bits of ‘toast’ I had cut out, I made a tower. Obviously!
It was fun and kept us busy for at least half an hour (which addresses one of my other creative fears – spending hours preparing for about 5 minutes of fun – but I think it helps that he’s a bit older now!).
*you would be forgiven for thinking our toast looks a little pale, and that’s because I forgot to toast it! I mentioned previously my apprehension to getting creative with Reuben, so we will blame ‘stress’ for the lack of toasting. But in fairness, I do like my toast pale! I also broke the lid of the teapot in making this post. Note to self: relax!
Have you ever made art with bread? And what do you recommend for after school activities?
I’d love to hear your stories!
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