Quick and easy crafts seem to be our thing right now because free play in our yard , reading under our maple tree ,and drenching each other in water fights is occupying most of our time. It’s summer and we are soaking it all in. That said I still want to do some fun summer themed learning activities and this one fits the bill. This is part of our Alphabet For Starters series that exposes children to letters through fun and creative activities instead of drill and flashcards. You can see all the posts in the series here.
- Gather your materials. You will need some black letter stickers, pink and green crayons, scissors and paper plates.
- Start by coloring a full plate pink in the middle and green on the edges. Paint would give you better coverage but this is a fast craft so we used crayons. Coloring on the edge was a really fun sensory experience. It’s bumpy and makes a fun sound.
- Cut in half.
- Add the seeds! In this case the seeds are alphabet stickers but you could do numbers too. My son did numbers while my daughter did random letters on one and her name on another. Older kids could spell words too. Something you will likely notice with a young child still discovering letter is that they will naturally name each letter and or ask you to name it as they apply it to their watermelon. I love that. You don’t have to drill them because they are exploring on their own.I was about to write let dry but since we used crayons there is no drying time at all. Perfect quick summer themed craft with just a short burst of letter recognition.
Playdough is a great fine motor activity without any bells or whistles but adding in small items like buttons, coins or beans is an easy way to make it even better. This playdough watermelon was easy to make and fun to play with and they didn’t even know I was helping them both develop their fine motor skills.
- Gather your materials. You will need some pink and green playdough as well as some black beans and a plastic knife.
- Press the black beans into the pink playdough.
- Roll into a ball.
- Flatten the green dough and cut into a semi circle. Wrap around the pink on 3 sides.
- Slice. My son loved slicing and he could do it well. My daughter ( who had woken from nap to a very excited brother chattering about watermelon) was not as into the slicing from the big watermelon. I think maybe she wanted to do it herself and her “helper” wanted to help. Does this happen at your house too?
- She did like cutting the slices into wedges though.
- She also liked picking the “seeds” out , which is fabulous for fine motor development. Just watch if they are as little as she is that they get put in a dish not the mouth.