It's Tomato Month at Veggie Buds Club, and we look forward to sharing some of the fun content from this month's box plus extra recipes and activities from our amazing partners! If you're not a member yet and would like to follow along with our "Kids Love Tomatoes" box as the month progresses we have some additional stock in our shop! We promise your kids will love (or at least try!) tomatoes by the end of all of the fun crafts, games, growing projects, and more! Shop items are shipped next day.
First of all, enjoy a list of our recommended children's books featuring tomatoes! Reading about veggies is a great way to make veggies approachable, fun, and exciting for kids.
Each month, Ashley Smith, a pediatric dietitian and founder of Veggies and Virtue, provides dietitian-approved tips to parents that encourage their kids to try our veggie of the month. You can find her "Tips to Help Kids Eat Tomatoes" over on her blog, here's a snippet:
There are many kids who are obsessed with ketchup and will use it as a dip for nearly everything. Majority of kids will also chow down on pizza or maybe even spaghetti without any wonder of what the red sauce is made of. Offering a fresh, raw tomato to a child rarely goes over as easily as the above options however.
That's why for this month's tip, I encourage you to expose your child to tomatoes in their many forms and see which ways they might be most interested in trying them. For each, consider talking through with them if they "love," "like," or are "still learning to like" each type of tomato product.
Read her full post for a list tomato products to try and her suggestions on how to make the "love it, like it, learning it" approach fun!