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.
What a fun idea! I absolutely love the colors!
The faces she’s making are hilarious XD Like, “I’m not sure sure about this one…” XD She’s got SUCH expressive eyebrows, too. Too cute.
The Iowa Farmer's Wife says
I love this!! It looks amazing-good enough to eat! What a great idea!
This has to be one of my favorite play dough posts of all time:)
I love the expression on your daughter’s face as she’s watching her “helper” cut the watermelon into slices. Priceless!
It’s a pretty common face round here these days – usually coupled with ” No Bubba, I do it, I DO IT!”
We made and sliced our playdough watermelon this weekend and had a lot of fun. I’m a “picker” by nature so that was my favorite part. My daughter did try to feed some to the cat but he wisely declined. 🙂
Deb @ Living Montessori Now says
What an awesome playdough activity! I featured your post and photo in my Montessori-Inspired Summer Playdough Activities post at http://livingmontessorinow.com/2013/06/10/montessori-monday-montessori-inspired-summer-playdough-activities/
Allison McDonald says
Thanks so much Deb I saw it this morning. Great round up!