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This activity offers a lot of fun and plenty of opportunities to reminisce. Find out what participants used to cook for Christmas.
- Two loaves of white or brown bread (more if many participants). Buy ‘toasting’ bread; it is thicker and easier to handle.
- Cookie cutters in the shape of trees
- Plastic knives for carving
- Plastic drinking straws
You can use whatever you have in the fridge for decorations; here are a few suggestions:
- Guacamole (mashed avodaoes with salt, pepper & lemon)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Chopped chives
- Sundried tomato dip
- Cucumbers, cappers, onions
- A small container of caviar
- Mint jelly
- Pretzels sticks
- Tomato chutney
- Celery sticks cut finely
- Thinly sliced carrots
- Seat participants around a table (make sure they have washed their hands).
- Demonstrate how to use the cookie cutters. Alternatively they can shape the slices of bread with a plastic knife into a triangle.
- Place decoration ingredients on the table in reach of all participants.
- Spread butter or mayonnaise on tree shaped bread and start decorating.
- Participants should make as many as they can eat (for safety reasons participants should not make sandwiches trees for other people (volunteers or staff can do this instead).
- When all are done, place sandwiches on individual bread and butter plates with the names of each participant.
- Take a photo of participants and their Christmas sandwiches for posterity!
- Praise them and make a big fuss about it, call management to see, walk around with plates to show other residents, etc.
For the Sweet Tooth!
Participants with a sweet tooth can make a peanut butter and strawberry jam tree!
- Shape two slices of bread
- Spread peanut butter on one slice.
- Poke a few holes in the second slice with a drinking straw.
- Place the second slice on top of the first slice and fill in the holes with strawberry jam.