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Fruit Arts and Crafts
Cut apples or pears in half, dip cut side in paint, and make prints.
Green and red construction paper
What to Do:
Give each child a circle cut out of green construction paper and a slightly smaller circle cut out of red construction paper. Have the children glue their red circles on top of their green ones. Then let them glue watermelon seeds all over their red circles.
Have the children paint using lemon juice. Let the painting dry overnight. It will be invisible. Place each child's paper under several layers of newsprint. Lightly iron over the paper with an iron set on high (no steam) until the artwork appears. Ask children to guess why the pictures appeared.
Playdough - Strawberry
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 package unsweetened strawberry Kool-Aid
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup water
Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium saucepan. Add water and oil. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes. When mixture forms a ball in pan, remove. Knead until smooth. Store in a covered plastic container.
Cut red styrofoam plates into fours. Have children cover edge of each section with cut up squares of green tissue paper for the rind. Save watermelon seeds and have children glue five or six seeds on their slice of watermelon. Attach a magnet on back and they have a cute summer refrigerator magnet.
Paint with Kool-aid and water. When it dries it is like a scratch and sniff sticker!
Provide several fruit juices that make dyes. Have the children drop the juices through an eyedropper onto coffee filters.
Fun with Watermelons
A simple but fun art project to go along with your watermelon day is to give each child 1/2 of a paper plate. I used small torn pieces of construction paper- green and red. Have them glue green paper around the crinkled edge of the paper plate then fill the center in with the red. After eating your watermelon save some seeds to glue onto your paper plate melon. These are cute and look very realistic.
2 clear plastic cups
Write the name of the type of seeds on a piece of tape and also the child's name to place on a set of cups. Let the child wet the paper towel in the water, fold it and place it in the bottom of one cup. Place the seeds on top of the wet paper towel. Put the second cup over the first and tape in place on one side. Place the "greenhouses" on a sunny windowsill. If too much moisture accumulates inside the cup, lift the top cup for a while. When the seeds have sprouted the children can replant in a pot with dirt.