Bet you never thought about using bread for this activity huh? No, me neither, but desperate times called for desperate measures yesterday, when Fred reached the height of tinker behaviour, and I was racking my brains for something to keep him occupied (and away from wrestling with his sister).
Now, I tend to toast stale bread, then freeze it for soup croutons or breadcrumbs (although that’s probably for another blog!), but hey, there’s only so many our freezer can hold, so you could, instead, do this.
F had a selection of washable paints and brushes, and then I let him go mad painting ‘fillings’ on his toast. This is great for practicing painting (and developing fine motor skills) with the different types of brushes, but most importantly it’s fantastic for their imaginations! Popular things to paint on toast were ‘baked beans’ and ‘scrambled eggs’, and ‘jam’. I kept a close eye to make sure he didn’t munch on any of the toast, but the non-toxic paint we used means that it’s not the end of the world if some goes down the hatch. We talked about what he was painting, and what colours were being used.
I then let him cut the toast up with blunt knives and cookie cutters.
Thumbs up from The Fredster, so we will be doing this one again!
You will need:
- Several slices of cooled toast
- Selection of washable paints
- Selection of brushes- the bigger variety the better
- Cookie cutters and blunt toddler knives