Tasty Tomato Activity for Kids
July 17, 2015
Tomatoes are ripening on the vines, so start a discussion with kids about this HKC printable and diverse vegetable choices!
Ahead of time:
Wash and cut small tomato pieces from varying types for tasting samples. Place on a serving tray and set aside.
- Ask kids how many different varieties of tomatoes they have seen at the grocery store, a garden or local farmer’s market? List on the board (such as standard round globe, plum, grape,cherry, yellow, green and purple).
- One child at a time, present the tomato sample serving tray and let kids pick one sample to taste.
- As kids are tasting, share tomato trivia:a.What nutrients do tomatoes have? (Vitamin A, C and the antioxidant, lycopene)
b.Tomatoes are thought to originate in Peru. The name comes from the Aztec “xitomatl,” which means “plump thing with a navel”.
Ask kids some of the ways they typically eat tomatoes? (in sandwiches, salads, Mexican food, pasta and pizza sauce).
Discuss other healthy ways to eat tomatoes, such as a snack ( raw cherry tomatoes) or a veggie dip (tomato salsa mixed with low fat yogurt). If time allows, prepare the veggie dip for kids to try.
HEAR – SEE – DO
Help kids hear the message that vegetables come in many different varieties to enjoy.
Let them see different types of tomatoes.
Let them do by providing hands on activities and tasting opportunities.