I may have mentioned this already, but our kids LOVE tomatoes. We serve sliced tomatoes with almost every meal and it’s the one vegetable (or technically, fruit) that I can count on them wanting on their sandwich. So, they were pretty excited about this tomato paper plate art craft. They did the craft while I made our Easy VEGAN Dinner: Grilled Cheese with Creamy Tomato Soup.
We used sponges instead of paint brushes, and the kids seemed to enjoy dabbing the plates with their paint-soaked sponges. They also decided to add faces to their tomatoes, which was pretty cute. Though, I would recommend doing this after the paint has dried.
While crafting, you and your kids might want to take a moment to learn some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient:
🍅 Tomatoes 🍅
- Because tomatoes have seeds and grow from a flowering plant, botanically they are considered to be fruits. Yet, nutritionally and legally tomatoes are considered to be veggies.
- Tomatoes are often red but can also be pink, yellow, purple or more!
- China is the largest producer of tomatoes, and tomatoes are the state vegetable of New Jersey.
- Tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.
Corresponding Recipe: Easy VEGAN Dinner: Grilled Cheese with Creamy Tomato Soup
Skills supported: Fine motor (painting, cutting, gluing), following instructions
- White paper plates
- Red Crayola paint
- Small container for paint
- Sponge cut into long, thing strips
- Markers or crayons
- Paper (green is ideal)
- Scissors (kid-friendly scissors)
- Elmer’s Glue Sticks or tape
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Consider setting up the craft before cooking so that your kids can get to work right away.
- Pour some red paint into small container. Dab sponge into paint and then onto plate until plate is covered. Allow to dry.
- Meanwhile, trace and cut out a tomato stem from green paper.* We could fit three tracings onto one piece of 8 1/2 x 11″ paper (see example below).
- Glue or tape stem to the top and center of your tomato.
- Optional: Use markers to add a face to your tomato!
*For toddlers especially, these tasks may require adult supervision and/or assistance.