Who Knew That Toast Could Be Fun?

When I was growing up, Dad was responsible for Sunday night supper.

Popcorn or Velveeta grilled cheese sandwiches rotated every Sunday.

two slices of toasted white bread

Two slices of toasted white bread (Photo credit: Wikipedia

He grilled the sandwiches by putting them in a skillet with butter, flipping them as the cheese started to melt.

When the bread was toasty and the cheese completely melted, we were served our yummy sandwiches.

Unlike every other meal, we got to eat them in front of the television with a big glass of ice water and a side of raw carrots or cauliflower and celery.

Like Mom, Dad never invited us to help prepare the meal.

Usually, I set the table, but with grilled cheese sandwiches in front of the tv, we were all on our own.

Do You Have a Toaster Oven?

Though I got a toaster for a wedding present, like every bride of the time, today, we have a toaster oven.

That is what is needed for today’s activity.


  • Sliced bread
  • Aluminum foil
  • Toaster oven
  • Scissors


Cut out a shape from the aluminum foil.

Start with simple shapes, a star, a square, a circle.

As you get the hang of it, you can move up to more complex shapes, like a square with a hole in it or the outline of the head of a rabbit, or a snowflake, or your grandchild’s initial, or the outline of a logo of your favorite team.

Wrap the edges of the slice of bread in aluminum foil as they tend to darken before the rest of the bread is fully toasted.

Lay your simple shape down flat in the middle of a slice of bread, leaving room on the bread around the edges of the shape.

Put the bread, with the aluminum foil cutout, into the toaster oven.

Toast long enough to see the contrast between the color of the bread and the toasted outline of your shape.

This is longer than I usually toast bread, but way before it is burned. The timing will depend on your toaster oven. For mine, it was about five minutes.

Stay nearby the toaster oven while the toast is making to check on it.

Experiment by using metal cookie cutters for your shapes instead of aluminum foil.

Thanks to rocketnews24.com for this activity. Click here to get more ideas from them for shapes to try. 

Thanks, Dad, for all those Sunday suppers.

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To you and delighting your grandchildren.


Carol Covin, Granny-Guru

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers

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