Wonderful watermelons

The sweet smell along with the beautiful pink and green color makes a watermelon an especially inviting fruit to taste, create, and hold. We spent some time on our last day of preschool doing just that – exploring and creating watermelons…

Wonderful Watermelons by Teach Preschool

We began our short study of a watermelon by reading the book The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli…

Wonderful Watermelons by Teach Preschool

This is a super silly book about what might happen if you swallow a watermelon seed. If you don’t mind a little burping, then you will think this book is quite funny. My kids thought it was super funny but it did raise the question as to whether or not you should swallow a watermelon seed. In the end, we decided that it probably wasn’t a good idea to swallow a watermelon seed but that if you do, the watermelon seed isn’t going to really grow inside you…

Wonderful Watermelons by Teach Preschool

After reading our story, we passed around a real watermelon and talked about its shape and weight…

Wonderful Watermelons by Teach Preschool

And then we cut our whole watermelon in half to see what it looked like inside and drew some pictures of watermelon on our white board…

Wonderful Watermelons by Teach Preschool

Then the children tasted some watermelon for snack time and made their own watermelons from paper napkins…

Wonderful Watermelons by Teach Preschool

To make their paper watermelons, the children started by drawing an outline of their watermelon shape with a pencil…

Wonderful Watermelons by Teach Preschool

Then the children brushed watered down glue on top of their drawings…

Wonderful Watermelons by Teach Preschool

And then begin tearing their pink and green napkins into small pieces and adding the pieces to the glue to fill in their drawings…

Wonderful Watermelons by Teach Preschool

The children found if they opened up their napkins before tearing that it would be much easier to tear the paper…

Wonderful Watermelons by Teach Preschool

Every paper watermelon turned out beautifully…

Wonderful Watermelons by Teach Preschool

Wonderful Watermelons by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-05-26T06:00:06+00:00May 26th, 2013|

About the Author:

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.

5 Comments

  1. Eddie - The Usual Mayhem May 26, 2013 at 8:27 am - Reply

    What a lovely way to spend the last day together! Their crafts came out just beautiful, too.

  2. Faigie May 26, 2013 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Do you know what hit me? There are no black seeds in the kids watermelon pictures. My younger kids dont even know that watermelons once all had black pits.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 26, 2013 at 11:49 pm - Reply

      Well, actually there are black seeds in the pictures but you can’t see them so I didn’t mention them. The children used their fingerprints to make black seeds if they wanted but after the watermelons were all done, I noticed you couldn’t see them at all in the photos so I don’t think the children must have added very many watermelon seeds fingerprints. But you are right, most of our watermelons that we buy don’t have the black seeds in them anymore. Come to think of it, I can’t remember if they did in our real watermelon or not!

  3. ROCIO May 27, 2013 at 3:26 am - Reply

    Deborah, is it anyway where I can ask you for some advice to help my daughter about how to behave with other kids?

    thank you

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 27, 2013 at 10:16 am - Reply

      Hi you can send me a private email by going here if you would like. https://www.teachpreschool.org/about-deborah/contact/ But keep in mind, much of learning social skills is putting them into practice and having time to work through the do’s and don’ts of play. For some children, this can really be harder than others – that is for sure.

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