Sponge Art Tomato Craft

Sponge Art Tomatoes

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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 sponge art tomato craft.

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.

Two sponge art tomato plates

While crafting, you and your kids might want to take a moment to learn some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient: TOMATOES.

🍅 Tomatoes 🍅 

Person holding large red tomato



Sponge Art Tomato CraftIngredient

Corresponding Recipe: Crispy Tomato, Pesto & Mozzarella Panini

Skills supported: Fine motor (painting, cutting, gluing), following instructions


Supplies Sponge Art Tomato Craft

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Consider setting up the craft before cooking so that your kids can get to work right away.

  1. Pour some red paint into small container. Dab sponge into paint and then onto plate until plate is covered. Allow to dry.Child painting white plate with red paint
  2. Meanwhile, trace and cut out a green stem from green paper.* We could fit three tracings onto one piece of paper (see example below).Three tracings of tomato stems on green paper
  3. Glue stem to the top and center of your tomato.Child pasting stem onto red tomato plate
  4. Optional: Use markers to add a face to your tomato!

*For toddlers especially, these tasks may require adult supervision and/or assistance.

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