DLTK's Crafts for Kids Watermelon Paper Plate Craft (with a Fractions Practice option)
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
This craft is suitable for ages 3+ as "just a craft" and for age 5+ as a
fractions practice project. Watermelons grow on vines. They can be eaten
pickled or in salads but we think they're best eaten raw and drippy right
off the rind on a hot summer's day! I still like competing to see how far I
can spit my seeds into the garden (shhh, don't tell Grandma Gloria!).
pink and black paper (or you could use paint)
Glue paint brush
Before you start crafting, look around the house for a round
object that fits just inside the plate (one that doesn't overlap the
rim too much). We found that a saucer worked perfectly (you'll be
using this object to trace a circle).
Set the plate on the table as if you're going to eat from it.
Paint the rim of the plate green.
Set the plate aside to dry.
While it is drying, take the saucer and trace a circle onto a
piece of pink paper.
Cut out the circle.
Cut tear drop shapes out of a piece of black paper OR you can use
a hole punch to punch black circles out. These will be the watermelon
seeds. They don't have to be perfect!
When the paint is dry, glue the pink circle into the center of the
plate and then glue the black seeds onto the pink.
You can stop your project at this point if you like!
Wait until the glue dries.
Talk to your child about "half". If you cut something in half you
have two equal sized pieces. Help them cut their watermelon in half.
You can stop your project at this point if you like.
Talk to your child about "quarters". If you cut something into
quarters, you have four equal sized pieces. Help them cut their
watermelon into quarters.
You can make a few watermelons if doing this with a group (or if
you're having an energetic summer! or have an older sibling to lend a
hand). You can leave one whole, cut one into halves and cut another