TOMATO FLOWER BUDS
It’s letter “T” time on the A-Z healthy eating series! Come and join along with us while we craft with tomatoes for the letter “T”.
The boys were very excited to head to our local supermarket to choose some tomatoes to craft with and whilst there, they had fun identifying all the different tomato varieties. In Australia, tomatoes are sold by shape, colour and, sometimes, variety. The most common red tomato is plump and round, about the size of a tennis ball, with a flattened top. The Roma tomato is egg shaped and we also found some small, oval shaped cherry tomatoes.
When we got home, the boys had a further chance to expand their descriptive vocabulary by describing the physical characteristics of a tomato. Tomatoes have a glossy, thin, smooth skin that can range in colours from red to yellow. Inside, tomatoes have a juicy flesh with many soft and edible seeds. The inside of our tomatoes was pink but they can also be yellow.
My boys also enjoyed tasting the different varieties of tomatoes. The common red tomato was very juicy and earthy in taste whilst the small cherry tomatoes were sweeter.
The boys chose the cherry tomatoes to craft with because those were their favourite. Making the tomato flower buds is great fun and children can get creative by decorating their flowers as uniquely as they wish and with whatever craft supplies you have to hand. This crafty creation is good for fine motor skill development because of the painting and threading of the tomatoes.
Young children may find painting the tomato a challenge because of its small size. My boys found it easier to thread the tomatoes onto the skewers before painting them. Very young children could dip their tomatoes in paint too.
Hope you have fun crafting these tomato flowers with your little ones! They made a great dining table centre piece at our home.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE TOMATO FLOWER BUDS:
- Punnet of cherry tomatoes
- Wooden skewers
- Green paper
- Glass jar
- Green tissue paper
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE TOMATO FLOWER BUDS:
- To make stems, paint skewers green with acrylic paint.
- Push cherry tomatoes onto pointy end of skewers and paint as desired.
- Cut green leaves from coloured paper and glue onto skewers.
- Stand the flower bud stems into glass jar and push some scrunched up green tissue paper inside the glass jar.
* This post and all associated images have been lovingly supplied by Iddle Peeps’ Contributor Rossa from Curious Little People. Read more about Rossa here.