I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato

CONCEPT: Introduction to New Foods



Read a story about a girl who does not want to try new foods. She eventually realizes foods can be fun and they taste good too! Emphasize the importance of trying new foods and the fun of eating a variety of foods.



After completing this activity, children will be able to:

  • be able to identify "yes" and "no" foods
  • choose a new "yes" food to try at home



  1. Read the story I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child. As you're reading the story, talk about the foods. Are they "yes" foods or "no" foods. Have they tried the "yes" foods before?
  2. Discuss the story with the children, with questions such as:
    • What happened when Lola tried new foods?
    • Have you tried any new foods lately? If yes, what kind?
    • Which new foods would you like to try?
    • What is your favorite food?
  3. Distribute the worksheet: Help the children to complete the worksheet. Discuss the answers together.



  • Book: I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child. Published by Candlewick Press, 2000. ISBN: 0-7636-1188-3
  • acrobat reader logo Worksheet
  • Crayons


Incorporate new "yes" foods into your family meals. At the grocery store, let your child pick out a new fruit or vegetable for the family to try. Include your child in the preparation of new "yes" foods at home. When children are involved with choosing and/or preparing new foods, they are often more likely to want to try them.


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