“W” is for watermelon: our letter W craft in our A-Z paper plate crafts collection! Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers exploring the letter W!
I absolutely adore this paper plate watermelon craft! Everyone loves watermelon, right? Especially the kids! These watermelons are really easy to make. Your toddlers and preschoolers are going to love the process. If you’re looking for a letter “W” craft to make with your kids, or just a quick and easy craft for a summer day, this one is for you!
Because the project would be so simple, I decided we’d add a little interest and texture to our craft, so we used coffee beans as watermelon seeds. Don’t they look like real seeds?
For our paper plate watermelon craft, you’ll need:
- paper plate
- red or pink paint
- green paint
- coffee beans
Begin by cutting your paper plates in half. Have your child do the cutting if he or she is old enough to manipulate a pair of scissors. You may want to draw a line across the middle of the paper plate for your child to follow.
Before you get started, chat with your child about what a watermelon looks like when it’s sliced open. Introduce new words as you describe the fruit’s appearance with your child: the green rind, the pink or red flesh of the fruit, and the seeds. You can even talk about how each seed inside a watermelon can be planted to grow a new watermelon. Better yet, if you have a real watermelon on hand, slice it open, and examine it with your child. Enjoy a slice before you get down to crafting!
Provide your child with some red and green paint. If you have several shades of green and red paint, pour a bit of each into your paint pallet. That way, your child can experiment with blending different shades of paint together.
Have your child paint the outer rim of the paper plate green, and the inner part of the plate red or pink.
Then, your child can glue the coffee bean “seeds” in place in the red area.
Yum! Doesn’t it look good enough to eat?
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.