I don't know about all of you guys, but we are so excited summer is finally here! We are ready for Memorial Day weekend and the BBQs, lemonade and WATERMELON! Nothing says summer more than watermelon. We just bought our first of the season and you will see below we have had fun eating it. When I found this book, The Watermelon Seed, I knew it would be perfect to kick off the summer. It's about an adorable crocodile that is afraid a watermelon is growing in his stomach after he eats a seed. Lydia loves to read it and had a blast with all the watermelon themed activities this week!
What You'll Need:
- Hair Gel
- Food Coloring
- Red, Green and Black Paint
- Construction Paper
Activity #1- Watermelon Finger Paint
Sometimes Lydia surprises me with how much she has grown up. I found this idea on how to make a watermelon with construction paper and then let them fingerpaint the seeds. I was expecting her to put her whole hand in the paint and smear it everywhere, but I helped her do the first couple of seeds and she was a pro. She just put the one finger in the paint and made a perfect little craft.
Activity #2- Squish Bag
I felt like I was back in high school when I picked up the bottle of LA Looks hair gel. I was surprised that they had so many colors to choose from, but not the one I was looking for, pink. So we just bought the clear gel and added food coloring. Then all I did was pour it into a gallon size bag, add real watermelon seeds, and make sure all the air was out before sealing. I taped it to a window thinking that was the least likely way that it would come open and then I let Lyds play to her hearts content. She seriously just stood by the window for almost a half hour squishing it with her hands, her mouth and even her feet.
Activity #3 Watermelon Hand Prints
This one was pretty dang easy. All I did was paint Lydia's hand and make it into a cute little watermelon. I found this quote from Mark Twain and thought it made it into the perfect keepsake.
Activity #4 Eating the Watermelon
I thought this would be a great sensory activity. I just cut a smaller watermelon in half, put it in the grass and let Lydia do her thing. However, all she basically wanted to do was eat it with a spoon. Before we started I put her in this onesie on her so she could get messy, and it was a good idea because we had juice everywhere!