Watermelon is the most popular fruit at morning tea time, sometimes my toddlers can go through 1/2 a watermelon in one sitting!
It is super healthy and great frozen especially if your child is teething, it's a natural way to soothe their gums and it works like a charm. I have served it frozen as ice-cream for years and the children love it!
This watermelon shape activity came from the children’s interest in shapes. To continue to build on their interest I introduced different shaped cookie cutters to the children and they picked the shapes they wanted.
We named the shapes and the children used the cookie cutters to create a shape from the watermelon slices I provided them with. They were so chuffed when they were able to see the shape they created and were super excited to turn them into ice-cream. The children were also given a variety of coloured ice-cream sticks to choose from. We named the colours of the sticks and each child chose which colour they wanted for their watermelon shape. The children then inserted the ice cream stick into their watermelon shape before putting them in the freezer. This activity led us to talk about shapes, textures, colours and flavour. This is a great sensory activity for babies and toddlers and a great way to introduce a variety of fruits to children. We have cut out many fruits but watermelon is by far the favourite.
Learn to recognise and name a variety of shapes
Engage in sensory play
Enhance hand and eye co-ordination
An opportunity to introduce new fruits
Improve listening skills
Watermelon cut into wedges
Coloured ice cream sticks
A tray lined with baking paper
1. Provide the children with the cookie cutters and demonstrate how to hold the cutter - sharp end pointing downward. Show them how to apply pressure so that the cookie-cutter will reach the tray.
2. Together insert the stick into the watermelon shape and place it on the tray. Once you have cut out all the shapes you want, put them in the freezer for a couple of hours.
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