Simple watermelon suncatchers

This is just a fun watermelon idea I thought I would take a minute to share with you.

I just love watermelon and with summer time quickly approaching, we spent a little time learning about watermelons in our classroom.

To make a watermelon suncatcher, we started by putting one good squeeze of hair gel (purchased from the dollar store) in a Ziploc baggie.

Then we added a few drops of red food coloring and some black seeds cut out of foam.  I had planned for the children to use real watermelon seeds but it turned out that the real watermelon I brought to school that day was a seedless watermelon so I had to do a quick change of plans.

Once the gel, seeds, and food color were in the baggie, the children pressed the air out of the baggie and then sealed the baggie shut.

To add a little extra reinforcement, we added clear packing tape to the tops of each baggie so they wouldn’t open up during our color blending.

The children squeezed the baggies until all the gel and food color was blended together. I also invited the children to lay the baggies flat on the table to see if they could push their seeds around the baggies with their fingers.

To finish off our baggies, we added green tape to the top of the baggies to serve as our watermelon rind. Well, I added the green tape – have you ever handed a group of preschoolers a roll of tape and a baggie? I can tell you it’s quite tricky.

And then we taped our suncatchers in the window and they looked fabulous.

The suncatchers added a beautiful, soft glow to the classroom window I just love it!

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By |2018-06-08T21:58:09+00:00May 16th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Malika Bourne May 17, 2012 at 10:41 am - Reply

    I love your watermellon suncathers.
    Do you know the Water mellon song?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm - Reply

      Malika – we just made one up. It goes, “Watermelon, watermelon, watermelon in the patch.” We start out slow then go faster and faster – kind of like a tongue twister. I will be blogging about our song asap.

  2. [email protected] May 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    Aw , these are adorable. We just finished making some sensory bags. I will have to add one like this to the mix. They are so fun, and especially great for babies 🙂

  3. Ally May 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    Those are adorable, I may use it during the birthday party of my seven years old.


  4. Km May 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    Just adorable!! Even though I am not watermelon fan… I still love watermelon crafts. 🙂 Happy almost summer!! I hope you get a well deserved vacation soon!

  5. Amber May 18, 2012 at 6:50 am - Reply

    Love the finished look of the green tape rind! 🙂

  6. Very cute. The green tape is a nice touch.

  7. Suzanne May 28, 2012 at 10:47 am - Reply

    When I first saw these, I thought they contained actual, squished watermelon and I thought what a bad idea… You were able to get the colour exactly right and it really looks like watermelon. It was a great idea!

  8. Jackie May 28, 2012 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    I thought the gel was squished up watermelon too! You did get the perfect watermelon color!! I love these. I can’t wait to make them with my boys. This could be fun on a picnic too. I always have trouble getting both boys to stay at the table when we are at family things and they are done eating in about 5 minutes and all of the adults in the family sit around and talk for ages! I’ll have to remember to bring something like this for them.

  9. Amanda August 3, 2012 at 10:25 am - Reply

    What an adorable idea! These are really cute 🙂

  10. Timothy T. Dickens June 20, 2018 at 5:03 am - Reply

    Hi Deb! Tim in Fukuoka, Japan here! I’m gonna try this with my small kindy-like kids. I’m tempted to try with it elementary school kids too…. I might give it a try.


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