The watermelon song and lightning bug song and a pumpkin song and a painting!

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I introduced the children to a simple song that I made up titled, “Watermelon in the Patch” then invited the children to make up their own songs to replace the word “watermelon” in our song.  The original song goes like this…

Watermelon, Watermelon, Watermelon

In the Patch!

After exploring our watermelon song and the picture words that illustrated our song, the children were then invited to create their own song using the same pattern as the watermelon song. They came up with a sunshine in the sky song….

And a pumpkin in the patch song…

And a lightning bug in the sky song. Each child illustrated their own song by replacing the words with pictures then we sang their songs too…

As an extension of our watermelon song and our previous watermelon exploration (which you can see here), we saved the watermelon rinds and used them to make our own watermelon paintings…

The children painted on white watermelon paper shapes…

I set out red, green, and black paint for the children to complete their watermelon paintings…

The children used the rinds in different ways. They rubbed and printed with the rinds….

To complete their paintings, the children used circle-shaped sponges to add a few black watermelon seeds…

Each of the completed watermelons looked DELICIOUS!

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

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