July 14, 2010

Watermelon Math

How many seeds does each watermelon have? How many when you add the sets together? Cutting out the watermelons proved to be a great exercise in fine motor skills; adding up the watermelon seeds helped practice math and penmanship.

For a second activity, I cut the circles and glued them to the page to demonstrate fractions. While E dotted the seeds I explained simple fractions and how to write them.

Not to leave the baby out of the fun, I helped her create a W is for Watermelon page. She did a great job gluing the triangles and adding the seeds. Then she had a wonderful time scribbling over the entire sheet and eventually pulling the watermelon off and tearing them into little pieces all over my floor.

But how can you deny that joy to such a free spirit?

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert

Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z [EATING THE ALPHABET]This is one of those books you should have on your shelf. It combines the colorful collage art of Lois Ehlert, the alphabet, and a wide variety of fruits and veggies... what more could you want? Not only will your child have her ABC's reinforced, but she'll be introduced to exotic and interesting produce on every page. It's a favorite of our family.

I'm linking up to:
- ABC & 123's Show & Tell


  1. I love the watermelon math. We did a tiny intro to fractions with pizza a while back so it will be fun to revisit them with watermelons!

    We are big fans of Lois Ehlert's books.

  2. What a great smile! Maybe we should all try ripping up our art, and throwing it on the floor - if it's that much fun :)

  3. What a sweet way to learn new math concepts. Visually appealing and fun.

    The jello treats that you made and discussed in your last post would be a hit here too. They look so yummy.

  4. We have that book. We love it and her other book, Planting a Rainbow.

  5. I love that book! It's one of my all time favorite alphabet ones.

  6. What a great idea and a wonderful summer theme! Thanks for sharing!

  7. love the watermelon activities! the w watermelon is so cute.

  8. My kinda math... Fun, sweet and colorful!!!!!!! Fantastic as always!


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