It is not always easy to get children to eat what you put in front of them. Making food fun can provide a way for children to forget about all the playtime they are missing out on by sitting at the table. Whether it is peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese, tomato and cheese or other combinations, sandwiches can be a healthy lunch or snack for children to eat anytime. Cutting sandwiches into fun shapes can be just the key to turning mealtime into something children look forward to.
Build the sandwich. For a sandwich you will be cutting, it is best to use soft, easy-to-slice materials such as cheese, peanut butter and jelly, meat and cheese, cucumber and cream cheese, chicken salad and egg salad. It is best to avoid solid or tough toppings and meats like lettuce, onions and steak that will not stick well when the sandwich is cut. You should also make sure the bread you use is soft, sliced sandwich bread and not crispy bread or a type of roll.
Choose a cutter. You can find large cookie cutters at any kitchen supply store. Be sure the cookie cutter is metal and has edges sharp enough to slice through a soft sandwich. Even better, some stores sell sandwich cutters specifically. Cutters specifically made for sandwiches are preferable because they are designed to use the entire sandwich other than the crust, while a cookie cutter will leave a lot of scraps.
Make the cut. Place the prepared sandwich on a cutting board. Carefully place the cutter on the top of the sandwich. Press firmly until the cutter slices through the entire thickness of the sandwich. If the cutter is small enough, you may want to plan on getting two shapes from one sandwich as to minimize waste.
Avoid wasting the scraps. If the scraps consist of crust only, you can reserve them to make into croutons, breadcrumbs or even use them in bread pudding. If chunks of the sandwich are left behind, you can eat them for lunch yourself. Or if a clean shape has been cut out of the middle of the sandwich, you can serve the sandwich as a puzzle by leaving the cut-out shape inside the scrap frame.