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.
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 🍅
- 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: Crispy Tomato, Pesto & Mozzarella Panini
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 green stem from green paper.* We could fit three tracings onto one piece of paper (see example below).
- Glue 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.