July 12, 2010


Did you know....

- the watermelon is 92 percent water

- August 3rd is National Watermelon Day

- the Japanese have grown a square watermelon

- watermelon is technically a vegetable

- watermelons are a good source of vitamins A, B6 and C, potassium and fiber

- it's watermelon week on Little Page Turners!

One Watermelon Seed by Celia Barker Lottridge

One Watermelon SeedWith the brilliant colors of a summer garden, this gorgeously illustrated book tells the story of Max and Josephine and the garden they plant. They start with one watermelon seed, then plant two pumpkin seeds, and so on until 10. Eventually their hard work and labor produces a rich harvest.

More than a simple counting book, it teaches the concept of counting by tens as well as introducing multiplication. I love the abundance of food that results from simple seeds and the childrens' obvious joy at reaping such a harvest. The text is sparse, but the vibrant illustrations more than make up for any lack in the story.

Watermelon Craft

You can't get much simpler. Draw three half circles of slightly less diameter on green, white, and red paper. (I really need to invest in a compass.) Let your child cut out the semi-circles and glue together, lining up the straight edges. Glue to a sheet of paper and add seeds, either with a marker or by gluing teardrop cutouts from black paper.

Now let them practice writing "watermelon". Didn't E do a fantastic job? This was her second try. She did much better once I gave her some lined paper to write on.

I'm linking up to:
- Silly Eagle Books


  1. Thank you for pointing me to this book. I love it! and yes, E did a fantastic job!

  2. Watermelon crafts are so much fun. Have you seen the watermelon ideas over at Frugal Family Fun Blog?

  3. Thanks for linking up! We have been eating a ton of watermelon lately--I'll have to look for this book at the library!

  4. I love watermelon. My daughter does not like it but my son inhales it. I read about an activity. I'm so glad our school system did away with D'Nealian handwriting and went back to traditional block letters. Your daughter's handwriting is very tidy.

  5. How cute! We can't seem to eat enough watermelon around here. It's finally coming in at the farmer's markets too.

  6. The first thing I thought was, what great handwriting...maybe Mommy did it.


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