Watermelon Theme



Book List

Chestnut Cove - Tim Egan
Grandma Baba's Magic Watermelon! - Wakiko Sato
One Cool Watermelon - Hannah Tofts
One Watermelon Seed - Celia Barker Lottridge
Picnic - Emily McCully
Relatives Came - Cynthia Rylant
Watermelon (Life Cycles) - Julie Murray
Watermelon Day - Kathi Appelt



Songs & Fingerplays

The Watermelon Patch Song - sung to "Are you Sleeping?"

Watermelon, (Make a circle with your arms.)
Watermelon,
On the vine, (Curve hands and arms beside body.)
On the vine,
Sweet and red and juicy, (Rub your tummy.)
Sweet and red and juicy,

Please be mine! (Palms together as though pleading.) Please be mine!

Watermelon, (Make a circle with your arms.)
Watermelon,
Thump, thump, thump, (Make a thumping movement with thumb and middle finger.)
Thump, thump, thump,
I think you are ready- (Point, resting finger on your temple.)
I think you are ready-
Big and plump! (Make a circle with your arms.)
Bug and plump!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Watermelon Chant

A-B-CDE
Watermelon is good for me.
F-G-HIJ
I can eat it everyday.
P-Q-RST
Ripe and very juicy
U-V-WXY
You will like it if you give it a try.
Z-Z-ZZZ
Watermelon is good for me.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Watermelon Cheer - to the rhythm of the "Watermelon Cheer"

Watermelon, watermelon,
Watermelon, rind!
Look in the kindergarten,
See who you find...
ME! ME! ME! ME!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Watermelon - sung to the tune of "Are You Sleeping"

Watermelon, watermelon,
On the vine, on the vine,
Green and ripe and juicy,
Green and ripe and juicy,
Please be mine,
Please be mine.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Watermelon Chant

Bite - Bite - bite into the watermelon
Bite - bite - bite into the fruit,
(repeat several times)

Juicy is the watermelon
Juicy is the watermelon
Juicy, juicy, juicy, juicy
Juicy is the fruit.
(repeat several times)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Watermelon - sung to the tune of "Are You Sleeping?"

Watermelon, watermelon,
How it drips; how it drips,
Up and down your elbows, up and down your elbows
Spit the pits! Spit the pits!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



Arts & Crafts

Sponge-Painted Watermelons

Sponge paint watermelons on a half paper plate. Have the children paint the green rind on the outside, the red fruit on the inside and let dry. Then have the children glue a given number of seeds to the fruit (I use five).

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Watermelon Magnets

Cut red styrofoam plates into four equal sections. Have children cover edge of each section with cut up squares of green tissue paper for the rind. Save watermelon seeds and have children glue five or six seeds on their slice of watermelon. Attach a magnet on back and they have a cute summer refrigerator magnet.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Another Watermelon Magnet

This is a cute watermelon idea. You need red styrofoam plates, dried watermelon seeds, green paint,and round magnets. Cut the plates into four triangles. Have the children paint the bottom of the plate green (rind) then they glue on the watermelon seeds. When it is dry they can glue on the magnet. It looks great on a frigerator.

~Submitted by Krista in Idaho

Watermelons

Need: one paper plate, a red crayon, a green crayon, glue, scissors, small black beans

Directions: Cut the paper plate in half. Have the children color the rim green, and the rest red. Then glue the black beans on as seeds. I did this as a listening exercise. We all colored green together. We all counted out 8 beans each.

~Submitted by Cynde

Watermelon Slices

Materials needed: Red and green construction paper and dryed watermelon seeds

Preparation: Cut out circles from the green construction paper (10" diameter) and smaller circles from the red construction paper (8" diameter). Then cut all of the circles into semicircles.

Process: With assistance, the child glues the red semi-circle over the green semi-circle. Then fingertip dots of glue are applied to the red semi-circle and seeds placed on each dot.

Concepts learned: Watermelon is a summer food. Watermelon grows from seeds.

Lining up the paper. Gluing. Colors-red, green and black.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Watermelon Tambourines

Have the children color 2 small paper plates to look like watermelon slices. (green rind, red fruit, black seeds), you can glue real seeds on if you like. Put beans inside the plates and staple them together. Use the tambourines during circle time in the following ways:

(point to these parts on the tambourines while singing)

To keep rhythm-shake the tambourine while singing watermelon songs. Demonstrate contrast and to follow diirections-shake the tambourines fast, slow, loud, soft, etc. To practice position words and to follow directions, Put the tambourines behind your back, up high, down low, beside you, etc. To identify body parts and to follow directions, Put the tambourine on your elbow, knee, nose, etc. Count the number of seeds that each child colored or glued on his tambourine. Shake the tambourines counting the seeds on each. (1 seed-2 seed-so on)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare



In The Kitchen

Watermelon Cooler

3 c watermelon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3 scoops lemon sherbet

Remove seeds from watermelon and slice into chunks. Place on cookie sheet and freeze. When watermelon is totally frozen, put it in a blender. Add lemon juice and sherbet. Blend until smooth. Pour into cups and enjoy. Yummy!!!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Watermelon Pops

4 cups watermelon cubes
4 (7 ounce) paper cups
4 popsicle sticks

Remove black seeds from watermelon cubes and puree in blender. Pour into paper cups. Place sticks in cups and freeze until firm. (If you put a small piece of aluminum foil on the top of each cup & poke the stick through it, it will hold the stick in place until it is frozen.) To eat, tear paper cup from the frozen pop. Yummy to eat outside on a hot day!!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Watermelon Ice Cream

Ingredients:

Lime Sherbert 1/2 gallon
Pineapple Sherbert 1/2 gallon
* Raspberry Sherbert 1/4 to 1/2 gallon
Mini Chocolate Chips (about 1 cup)

* sorry can't remember exact amounts as I am doing this from memory

Freeze large bowl in freezer. Spread lime sherbert all the way around the bowl, (up the sides too). Then return to freezer for a bit until lime sherbert has set. Then spread pineapple sherbert on top of lime sherbert (up sides too). Return to freezer until the pinapple sherbert has set. Mix raspberry sherbert with chocolate chips and spread on top of the pineapple sherbert. Return to freezer for about an hour to make sure that all is set. Then place bowl in warm water for a few seconds to ease it out on a cutting board. Then cut the "watermelon" in any size slices and enjoy! (and if you eat one of the seeds...I promise a watermelon will not grow in your tummy!)

~Submitted by Stephanie in NE



Theme Ideas

To start the unit you might--Bring in a box large enough to fit the watermelon in. We call it the surprise box. It's covered with question marks. The children play 20 questions to try to guess what's in the box.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Explore a Watermelon

Serve the watermelon for snack. Talk about the color of the outside which is the rind. Next cut the watermelon into pieces. Give each child a piece to look at. Examine it. What color is the inside? Are there seeds? Do we eat the seeds? What can we do with them? Let the children remove the seeds and enjoy the watermelon. Wash the seeds and dry. Use them for for a collage. You can also make watermelon popsicles. Remove the seeds and rind, puree the melon in a blender. Place the juice in small cups and freeze. Insert a popsicle stick when the juice starts to freeze. When frozen remove the cup and serve.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Sink or Float

To teach the concept of sink and float, have students predict whether or not the watermelon will float in a tub of water. Record predictions and check it out.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Estimation Activities

To encourage children to take risks, practice estimating and practice counting, do the following estimation activities:

Have each student lift the watermelon and estimate how much it weighs. Write down estimates and check with a scale. (We borrow the scale from the nurse's office).

Have each student estimate the number of seeds in a piece of watermelon. Write own predictions. After the watermelon is cut and eaten, be sure to save all the seeds.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Planting Watermelon Seeds

In order to watch the development of a plant and learn related vocabulary, have each student plant several watermelon seeds in milk cartons. Observe the growth over several weeks.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Watermelon Pool

Use a small plastic swimming pool. Put in lots of red crepe-paper streamers, approximately 12 inches. Put in green construction paper (whole pieces) and black pom-poms. Tell the kids it is a giant pretend watermelon that they can play in. They can practice cutting the green construction paper and the crepe-paper streamers, and play with the pompoms. When we were doing our watermelon theme, the kids asked for this day after day---they loved it immensely!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Seedless Watermelons

Origin: The seedless watermelon isn't really seedless---it's just that the seeds are so underdeveloped that they're barely noticeable when eaten. Scientists developed the melon by selecting watermelon strains in which the seeds matured much later than the flesh. So when the flesh is ripe for eating, the seeds still have a long way to go.

Where do seeds for planting seedless watermelons come from? When grown in parts of the world with very long, hot growing seasons, the seeds will finally mature. By that time, the flesh has deteriorated and is no longer good to eat.



Links

Fruit Activities - ChildFun.com
W is for Watermelon - First-School
Watermelon Theme - Perpetual Preschool
Watermelon Activities - PreK Fun



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