This activity plan covers the Early Years
Foundation Stage links shown below:
Personal, Social • Continue to be interested, excited and motivated to learn.
and Emotional • Be confident to try new activities, initiate ideas and speak in a familiar group.
Development • Maintain attention, concentrate, and sit quietly when appropriate.
Communication, • Enjoy listening to and using spoken and written language, and readily turn to
Language and it in their play and learning.
Literacy • Sustain attentive listening, responding to what they have heard with relevant
comments, questions or actions.
• Listen with enjoyment, and respond to stories, songs and other music,
rhymes and poems and make up their own stories, songs, rhymes and poems.
Problem Solving, • Count reliably up to ten everyday objects.
Reasoning and • In practical activities and discussion, begin to use the vocabulary involved in
Numeracy adding and subtracting.
Knowledge and • Select the tools and techniques they need to shape, assemble and join
Understanding of materials they are using.
the World • Investigate objects and materials by using all of their senses as appropriate.
• Find out about, and identify, some features of living things, objects and
events they observe.
• Look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change.
Physical • Move with control and coordination.
Development • Recognise the importance of keeping healthy, and those things which
contribute to this.
• Handle tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with
Creative • Respond in a variety of ways to what they see, hear, smell, touch and feel.
Development • Explore colour, texture, shape, form and space in two or three dimensions.
• Express and communicate their ideas, thoughts and feelings by using
a widening range of materials, suitable tools, imaginative and role-play,
movement, designing and making, and a variety of songs and musical
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Goodies Gang Illustrations created by Caroline Jayne Church - www.carolinejaynechurch.com
Did you know? Tomatoes
• Are full of Vitamin C and Vitamin E which are good
for our skin and for healing cuts and grazes.
• Tomatoes contain something called Lycopene
which gives tomatoes their red colour.
• Lycopene can help to ease asthma.
Tip: It might be a good idea for
Touch activity children to wear aprons as squeezing
tomatoes can be a messy activity!
Show the children a selection and variety of tomatoes, these could include cherry, plum
pomodorino, yellow and green varieties.
Q. Do they feel or smell different to each other?
Q. Where do tomatoes grow - on a bush, a tree or a vine? A Vine!
Show the children cherry tomatoes on the vine, pick and count
the tomatoes off the vine. Ask the children to help you pick the
tomatoes off the vine.
Have fun washing them in a small bowl of water and whilst they
are washing you could talk about the texture of the skin.
Q. Is it bumpy or smooth?
Q. Does the tomato float or sink?
Tip: Remember to impress on the children how soft the tomatoes are
and that you have to handle them carefully or they will squash!
Offer the children a small plastic serrated knife to slice the tomatoes open with. Work with
them to slice the tomatoes in half and then show them how you can push your finger
inside and scoop out the seeds onto a plate/bowl.
Taste activity Hand each child a tomato that has been washed.
Can you Smell it? (Enthusiastic smelling to Q. Who can do the loudest slurp?
encourage your child to copy)
Squeeze the juice and seeds out onto a
Can you Kiss it? (Lots of vigorous kissing plate
on your tomato!)
Q. Can you paint your lips with the juice?
Can you Lick it? (Lick with approving
sounds of how delicious it is!) Tip: Demonstrate how to dip your fingers in
the juice and how shiny and beautiful your lips
Does it Crunch? (An enormous crunch) look with tomato lipgloss on them!
Tip – if the children are hesitant then show Q. How many slippery seeds can you
how you can do just a baby crunch, or even count?
just some teeth marks to pierce the skin
Q. Can you try and pick one up?
Once the tomato has been bitten or
pierced, show how noisily you can slurp the Q. Does it stick on your tongue? Can you
seeds out by sucking on the hole of the crunch it?
Song and rhyme time n
A Song with Actions “Red Tomato on the vine” (To the tune of “Frere Jaques / Are
Start the song by getting yourself into a small ball, crouch down low and wrap your
arms around you – children are particularly good at doing this! Pretend you are being
Red Tomato, Red Tomato, (rock side to side)
On the vine, On the vine (Arms out stretched and jiggle them)
Ripe and sweet and juicy, Ripe and sweet and juicy, (rub your tummy)
Please be mine, please be mine (nod head and point to yourself)
Resources needed: Tomato template, green twine, string, wool
or rope, wooden pegs, red paint, crayons, pens or pencils,
selection of green coloured paper or fabric, safety scissors,
glitter (optional) and glue.
1. Help the children to cut out the tomato shape from the
2. Allow the children to paint or colour their tomato
shape red (or green or yellow) and add fabric or paper
to create the green stalk and leaves.
3. Adding red, green or gold glitter corresponding to
the colour of the tomato will make them look as if
they are glistening in the sun!
4. Suspend a length of the green garden twine,
string, rope or wool across the room or attach it
across the walls and create your own wiggly
5. Once the tomatoes have dried peg them to the
green vine to have your very own tomato plant!
Optional – you could add a photograph of each of
the children or the staff to the individual tomatoes
to create a unique photo album for your
Parent Information Sheet
Our nursery is participating in the Taste for Life Pre-school Education Programme. This
programme helps children learn about, experience and enjoy fruit and vegetables by
participating in a range of different activities linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage
At the moment we are learning all about tomatoes!
Tomatoes are quite acidic and perhaps this helps us to understand
why our children will happily pour rivers of tomato ketchup onto their
plate, yet turn their noses up at a beautiful fresh ripe tomato?! The
fact that children might willingly even eat ketchup straight from the
bottle is because the added salt and sugar make it so tasty!
However provided you buy a low salt, reduced sugar variety and
choose organic over regular brands, a 15ml serving of tomato ketchup
3 times a week can actually be quite beneficial to your child’s diet.
Make sure your child understands the restriction that you place on
having tomato ketchup with a meal, even make a chart using sticky
red dots to record the use of it throughout the week so that your child
can understand it in a visual sense. This can be particularly helpful if
you are struggling to limit the use of ketchup at mealtimes.
Offering alternatives to ketchup with meals could be useful, some
suggestions would be;
• Fresh salsa
• Tomato puree
• Passata (available in a carton in the pasta sauce aisle in supermarkets).
Use organic ingredients if possible; organic foods are free from artificial chemical pesticides. Up to
the age of seven, children’s bodies are more susceptible to the disruption water soluble pesticides can
cause. To find out more about organic foods and why they are beneficial visit
More fun at home...
We will be doing lots more at nursery to find out
more about tomatoes and other fruit and
vegetables. You can join in with our food
adventure too, helping your child develop their
love of healthy nutritious foods by visiting
www.tasteforlifenursery.com for recipe ideas,
nutritional tips, games and activities including the
Taste for Life reward chart and sticker sheet.