Summer Melon Kids Activities

I’ll admit it, I was stumped.

I started thinking about this post two weeks early. My first idea wasn’t ready to be a blog post and my second idea didn’t work out either. When things just weren’t coming together I started questioning if I would be able to come up with a teaching related post at all. 

Then I thought about what we are loving lately. 

Education should be fun.
We should strive to find things our kids get excited about and use them to inspire teachable moments. We can create, craft, explore, and engage our kids while learning about something they love. Once I reset my thinking, coming up with a post idea was easy. 

Kids craft, snack and game ideas.
One thing that both of my girls are loving this summer has been the melon patch in our garden. From planting to harvesting and eating, they just can’t get enough. So I thought of ways I could take something they already enjoy and turn it into something more. 

Watermelon Seed Spitting

Recently we played a little game of “who can spit a seed the farthest” They both loved being able to spit seeds in the air and when we finished we made a math lesson out of it by measuring and charting distances.

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With 6 ripe cantaloupes lying around I needed to be creative with how we were eating them. Then I remembered a recipe my MIL once made that we all loved and knew the girls would be the perfect helpers.

Jellin' Melon
Raspberry Jell-O filled cantaloupe. The perfect summer treat
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705 calories
170 g
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15 g
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1424 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1424g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 705
Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
3%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 540mg
23%
Total Carbohydrates 170g
57%
Dietary Fiber 12g
48%
Sugars 157g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A
552%
Vitamin C
663%
Calcium
11%
Iron
15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 large cantaloupe
  2. 1 3oz package raspberry Jell-O
  3. 1 Cup boiling water
  4. 1/2 Cup unsweetened apple sauce
  5. 1 Cup sliced fresh strawberries
Instructions
  1. 1) Cut the cantaloupe in half and clean out all of the seeds, pat dry.
  2. 2) Add the boiling water to the Jell-o and stir until dissolved. Add in the applesauce and fruit. Mix well.
  3. 3) Lay the cantaloupes in a dish and fill with the Jell-O mixture being careful not to over fill.
  4. 4) Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. 5) Cut into 6 or 8 wedges before serving.
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Watermelon Art

Some watermelon inspired art turned out to be a fun and simple craft. We used thick white paper (but you could also use a paper plate cut in half as well). We painted with pink, green and black acrylic paints and used a q-tip to add the seeds. We hung the art up to display it and I love the summer touch it brings to our school room. We may need to paint cantaloupes too :). 

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Next time you are feeling uninspired think about what your kids are loving. We can find teachable moments all around us when we simply take the time to look. 

For more melon fun check out this watermelon math post from Work It Mommy!

Sharing how #cantaloupes & #watermelons inspired teachable moments in this months #TeachingTogether post… Click To Tweet

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  • Jessica

    I absolutely love this!! The watermelon paintings are so adorable. They could seriously be framed. I love the Jellin Melon too. Yum!

    • Thank you so much Jess. They are so much fun and I smile every time I see them. That melon is SO good. It is refreshing and pretty guilt free too. I think I will make another one soon.

  • Amy Smith

    You should frame the watermelon paintings in your school room! I just love them!

    • Amy Smith

      Oh goodness. I just read Jess’ comment, too! Clearly, those prints should be framed. πŸ˜‰

      • Baha ha! I think they will stick around for quite some time. They still make me smile every time I look at them.

  • Perfection. And I have never seen a cantaloupe filled with jello, how randomly amazing! I thought the watermelon art up top was a graphic you made, didn’t realize the girls made it…excellent job =)

    • Try the cantaloupe! It it so good and refreshing. Thank you, thank you!

  • Watermelon spitting turned educational? YOU ARE A LEGIT TEACHER, Beth.

    • Baha ha! Oh my goodness that seriously cracked me up. A good homeschool mom can put an educational twist on ANYTHING.

  • Love these ideas!! My kids would love them all. So creative, friend!

  • The paintings are beautiful- I would frame those babies right away and then do the same thing with pumpkins and rotate those into the frame. Hmmmm..looks like I have my next week’s art activity down..thanks!

    • That is a fantastic idea! I hope you guys love it too!

  • Love those paintings! I would totally hang those on the wall for all to see! I agree, sometimes you just have to change your mind set and remember that learning is totally suppose to be fun and then it’s like magic, it comes so natural!

    • Exactly. Anytime I stress about it, all the fun is gone. The painting are still displayed and still make me smile :).

  • I love those paintings! When I was in 10th grade we had a seed spitting contest and I was awful at it!

    • For a brief second I thought you were gonna say and I won, lololol. Thank you!

  • Meghan Flinn

    Love this! And so true, the best projects come from doing things they love and are interested in at the time!

    • Yes! So glad you agree with me on that one :). I’ve seen it proven time and time again over the years. Thanks friend.

  • chall1018

    These are all great, but my favorite is the watermelon paintings! Those are so dang cute, friend!!

    • They were SO much fun and so quick to make. They still bring a huge smile to my face too.

  • These are all great activities! I used to love drawing watermelons when I was younger… I can remember doodling them all over my notebooks during class!

    • That is seriously the cutest ever. Thanks Lindsay.

  • So cute!! I think today (yesterday?) is National Watermelon Day!!! Way to be on it, friend πŸ™‚ Those jellin melons look so good!

    • Confession: I had no idea about that when I wrote up this post last week. After I had drafted it I got a weird feeling and remembered you had maybe done something with melons last month. I was VERY relieved to see it was pretty different so I was able to just add a link to your post at the bottom of mine. This all fell together very well luckily.

      • I would NEVER be offended even if we posted something similar on the same day, Id chalk that up to us sharing brainwaves πŸ™‚ Youre so sweet I didnt notice the link, thank you!!!

  • I think I learned everything I needed to know about life from spitting watermelon seeds and then watching them grow in the yard. I love your idea for the jellin’ melons. How fun! That is something I have never done with my kids. I think they would really enjoy that!

    • Bahaha! Yes. It is a right of passage or something like that. Those jellin’ melons are so good. Its the perfect guilt free summer treat.

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    The jellin’ melons are such a fun idea! I don’t think I’ve ever seen that!
    And the girls did such an awesome job with their watermelon paintings!!

    • They are so good, easy and pretty guilt free too. Which makes them a huge winner for me. Thank you!

  • How cute! My mom made those jello melons for our family reunion last year. The kids loved them! You’re such a fun mom!

    • They are so good, right?! It takes one to know one :D!

  • I’ve never seen a jellin’ melon! So fun!

    • They are so good and pretty guilt free too!

  • Your watermelons are so cute!! Mason made a watermelon craft at school a couple weeks ago and I’m obsessed with it!

    • I’m obsessed too! Something about the pretty colors just screams summer happiness.

  • I love all of these, and of course the watermelon seed spitting contest, LOVE!

    • Thanks friend. It just isn’t summer without a speed spittin’ contest.

      • haha, we always get seedless watermelon…perhaps when they get a bit older we’ll have to do this at the park…no clean up that way πŸ™‚

        • I bet I have melon plans growing in my back yard :P.

  • I love these!! And how yummy does that melon jello dish look?! Omgosh. Sharing!!

    • Thank you so much Marie. The Jellin Melon is a favorite. So easy and refreshing.