DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Watermelon Paper Plate Craft
(with a Fractions Practice option)
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!).
- paper plate
- green paint
- 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 into quarters.