Tomato Life Cycle and Parts of a Tomato Plant Printable

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You are invited to download the tomato plant pack – learning printables for preschool and kindergarten children. Use this resource with clear true-to-life images and photographs to create hands-on botany activities for your students. Children will learn stages of the tomato plant life cycle, and parts of the tomato plant, practice sequencing skills and work to improve their concentration and fine motor skills. This resource will come in handy if you are planning to do gardening with your students in your Montessori and early childhood classroom.

Tomato plant life cycle parts of a tomato plant montessori nature printable

About gardening with kids the Montessori way

Gardening with kids the Montessori way is a great way to engage children in hands-on learning. Montessori emphasizes the importance of understanding and respecting the natural world, and gardening provides a perfect opportunity for children to connect with nature. Children can learn about plant anatomy, biology, and the cycles of growth and decay. Additionally, they develop practical skills such as planting, watering and harvesting. Montessori gardening encourages children’s independence and self-confidence, as they take responsibility for their plants and observe the results of their efforts. Overall, gardening can be a fun and rewarding experience for children of all ages.

Getting children to grow their food even if it’s just in a plant pot is one of the best ways to get them excited about nourishing their developing bodies with nutritious vegetables. If planting tomatoes with your students is on your to-do list this May, I invite you to download this new freebie with tomato life cycle and parts of a tomato plant posters. Children will work on their sequencing skills, and practice tracing and coloring activities that prepare little hands for writing and help to improve fine motor.

When exploring gardening with your children you might like to give some of these hands-on activities a go:

  1. Watch a video about gardening and plant life cycles. Sew plant life cycle.
  2. Prepare a vegetable salad with ingredients of the children’s choice.
  3. Explore the food pyramid and gather examples of everyday foods and treats for children to sort.
  4. Invite the students to cut up a tomato, and gather magnifying glasses, paper, and pencils for children to explore the seeds and record their observations.
  5. Make pizza from scratch.

tomato Life Cycle

Tomatoes have a relatively short life cycle compared to other plants. They generally take between 50 to 90 days to reach maturity, depending on the variety and growing conditions. The life cycle begins with a seed planted in the soil. Within a few days, a small shoot emerges from the soil. As the plant grows, leaves form and stems begin to develop. Tiny yellow flowers soon appear, which later give way to small green fruits. With time, the green fruit ripens and becomes red or yellow, ready to be harvested. Once the fruit is harvested, the plant’s life cycle ends and begins again with new seeds.

About Planting Tomatoes

Planting tomatoes requires a few important steps. First, choose a sunny spot with well-draining soil. Tomatoes need at least six hours of sunlight a day. Second, dig a hole about 2-3 inches deep and add compost or fertilizer to the soil. Third, gently remove the tomato seedling from its container and loosen the roots before placing it in the hole. Cover the roots with soil and water well. Finally, stake or cage the plant to support its growth and prevent it from falling over. Regular watering and fertilizing will help ensure a healthy and productive tomato harvest.

Tomato plant life cycle parts of a tomato plant montessori nature printable

Tomato Printable

This resource contains a tomato plant life cycle poster, worksheet, 3-part cards, and parts of tomato plant printables.


  • Tomato plant life cycle poster
  • Tomato plant life cycle 3 part cards
  • Tomato plant life cycle coloring, cutting, and pasting worksheet
  • Tomato plant life cycle tracing strips
  • Parts of a tomato plant poster
  • Parts of a tomato plant poster minus labels
  • Parts of a tomato plant labels
  • Parts of a tomato plant tracing

Age: Preschool ages 3 – 6 years

Subjects and uses in the classroom: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Gardening, Nature Table, Science Centers, Fine motor, Prewriting

How to Use:

Parts of a tomato plant – Gather books on the plant life cycle and gardening for children to explore. Print posters and label cards on cardstock and laminate. Cut individual label cards.

Attach clear velcro to the poster without labels and label cards. Velco will come in especially handy if you decide to take your work outdoors. Having an additional challenge for little fingers is always welcomed when working with young children!

Present the poster – name all parts and invite the students to share their thoughts on the various functions of each part. Then read each label and invite the student to match it to the corresponding part of the tomato plant.

Life cycle poster – print on cardstock and laminate. Present all stages of the tomato plant life cycle. Invite the children to retell them or tell their own story that features all the stages.

Tomato plant life cycle 3- part cards – Print on cardstock and laminate if you wish to preserve colors and card quality for future use. Place picture cards in a column and invite the children to match the picture to the picture and the word to the word.

Tomato plant life cycle line art – supply scissors, glue, and coloring pencils. Invite the student to color and cut cards and glue them into the correct sequence.

Tomato plant tracing and coloring worksheets – print on cardstock and laminate. Supply an erasable pen. Invite the child to trace the words and color corresponding images. Alternatively, print pages on regular printing paper and slide them into plastic pockets.

Tomato plant life cycle parts of a tomato plant montessori nature printable

Other resources to help you explore gardening with your students

Leaf Shapes 3 Part Cards Blackline Student Worksheets

Leaf Shapes – 3-part card activity and handwriting sheets. The printable features photographs and clipart.

There are two printables included with this resource. You can choose which is more suitable in your classroom:

1) Leaf shapes 3-part cards, definition cards, and a student booklet with a black and white line for coloring and independent handwriting practice.
This printable features clipart images and photographs of 14 leaf shapes.

2) Leaf shapes learning mats:
2 work mats with 7 types of leaf shapes each (first mat: reniform, spatulate, obcordate, sagittate, hastate, cordate, aciculate; second mat: orbiculate, linear, deltoid, ovate, lanceolate, elliptical, obovate ).
2 work mats with description cards.
14 picture and 14 label cards.
student printouts with black and white photographs, print, cursive tracing fonts and blank for coloring and practicing handwriting.
The printable is suitable for children aged 3-7

leaf shapes printable

Purchase this resource here or find it on Teachers Pay Teachers

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  About Anastasia. Anastasia is a former Early Childhood Teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature, a blog about Montessori - inspired and Nature-based explorations. She taught in a Montessori setting for 10 years and has been practicing the Montessori way of learning and living for the last 20 years. She loves designing engaging educational printables for children. Browse Anastasia's educational resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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