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!

Bread and sandwich week - making toast art with a toddler! http://www.mumsdays.com/toast-art-for-bread-week/

Bread and sandwich week - making toast art with a toddler! http://www.mumsdays.com/toast-art-for-bread-week/

It turns out Reuben’s willingness to participate was mainly due to the fact I had cut up some cheese.

Bread and sandwich week - making toast art with a toddler! http://www.mumsdays.com/toast-art-for-bread-week/

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.

Bread and sandwich week - making toast art with a toddler! http://www.mumsdays.com/toast-art-for-bread-week/

Meanwhile, move over Monet, I’d created this masterpiece.

Bread and sandwich week - making toast art with a toddler! http://www.mumsdays.com/toast-art-for-bread-week/

Reuben spotted the flowers and had fun with those…

Bread and sandwich week - making toast art with a toddler! http://www.mumsdays.com/toast-art-for-bread-week/

Awwww!

Bread and sandwich week - making toast art with a toddler! http://www.mumsdays.com/toast-art-for-bread-week/

Then spotted the pens and started to really get creative!

Bread and sandwich week - making toast art with a toddler! http://www.mumsdays.com/toast-art-for-bread-week/

He even put a cucumber flower on it – it’s a miracle. I’m going to be using that flower cutter more often!

Bread and sandwich week - making toast art with a toddler! http://www.mumsdays.com/toast-art-for-bread-week/

Since Reuben didn’t have much interest in the other bits of ‘toast’ I had cut out, I made a tower. Obviously!

Bread and sandwich week - making toast art with a toddler! http://www.mumsdays.com/toast-art-for-bread-week/

Bread and sandwich week - making toast art with a toddler! http://www.mumsdays.com/toast-art-for-bread-week/

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!