Cut watermelon slices into shapes using whatever cookie cutters you have on hand. With only one ingredient and endless creative opportunities, this simple watermelon craft is fun for kids of all ages. A perfect activity for a summer day or family BBQ.
Try these activities with your watermelon shapes or come up with your own!
- Mix watermelon shapes with blueberries for a patriotic salad.
- Skewer a large shape onto a cake pop for a watermelon wand.
- Coordinate with the holidays – hearts for Valentine’s Day, stars for the 4th of July, or even Christmas trees for Winter.
WATERMELON CRAFT INGREDIENTS & MATERIALS
- Cookie Cutters
WHY EAT WATERMELON?
Kids love the sweet, juicy flavor of watermelon. It’s low in calories and high in nutrients. Because watermelon is 92% water, it helps kids stay hydrated and their bodies working well. Hydration is also important for healthy digestion. Even mild dehydration can cause tiredness, headaches and difficulty concentrating. Watermelon is full of nutrients including:
- vitamins and minerals. It’s full of vitamin A, to support your child’s development and eye health, vitamin C, to boost their immune system and keep their teeth and gums healthy, and has smaller amounts of potassium, iron, magnesium and B vitamins.
- lycopene, a plant pigment that gives watermelon its red color. It’s also found in other red and pink plants such as tomatoes, pink grapefruits and papaya. Lycopene helps protect the body from damage, keeps the heart healthy, eyes working well, and may protect against certain cancers and Alzheimer’s disease.
WATERMELON CRAFT HELPFUL TIPS
- Cut thin slices: They need to be thinner than the cookie cutters. If they aren’t, the cookie cutters won’t go all the way through and your child will be frustrated (I know from experience). Aim for 1/2 inch slices.
- Use smaller cookie cutters for toddlers and preschoolers. Here is a link to my daughters favorites but there are a million cute ones to choose from. The longer they are, the easier it will be for your child to cut through the watermelon.
- Mix up your melons! Elementary aged children and older will have no problem cutting through other types of melon, which offer additional health benefits. However for younger children, watermelon is the easiest to make shapes from. The high water content makes it easy to cut out. Plus, unlike other melons, there are no seeds that have to be scraped out.
WATERMELON CRAFT INSTRUCTIONS
STEP 1: CUT THE WATERMELON INTO 1/2 INCH SLICES
If you are having trouble making them the right size, slice the watermelon in half lengthwise first and then into slices. Make sure the watermelon slices are thinner than the cookie cutters.
STEP 2: USE COOKIE CUTTERS TO CUT OUT SHAPES
WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS
- Cut it up and eat it for a snack.
- Make an icy Watermelon Granita.
- Blend a watermelon smoothie: add 1 cup of watermelon pieces, 1/2 cup of strawberries and a handful of ice for a delicious and refreshing smoothie.
- Add watermelon shapes to a fruit salad.
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Cookie Cutter Watermelon Shapes
- Large knife
- Cutting Board
- Cookie Cutters
- Watermelon Slices
- Cut watermelon into 1/2 inch slices.
- Use cookie cutters to make watermelon shapes.
- Eat immediately or refrigerate and serve later.
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