Continuing on with our paper fruit craft series, today's idea is a simple handprint watermelon. Be sure to check out the paper strawberry and handprint pineapple crafts to make along with this fun watermelon craft!
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Handprint Watermelon Paper Craft
This easy watermelon craft is great for kids who are learning to master using a scissors. For younger children, you may need to help with tracing the hands. It makes a fun Summer craft idea for preschool and kindergarten ages or a nutrition or food theme in school.
- construction paper - pink or red and green
- black marker
1. To make the watermelon craft, first trace the hand with the fingers together (touching) on pink construction paper or cardstock.
2. Once traced, cut out the hand shape.
3. Repeat these steps with the green construction paper or cardstock except this time use the pink hand shape to trace instead. This will assure the colors match up when glued together.
4. Next, cut a green U-shape starting at the thumb, curving around the bottom to the pinky finger. This will be the watermelon rind.
5. Glue the green rind to the bottom of the pink hand shape.
6. Now for the finishing touches! Draw black seeds near the top (pink finger area). Alternatively, make black fingerprints as seeds or glue on a few black beans.
Your paper handprint watermelon craft is finished! Another idea is to give the watermelon a white strip along the green U-shape where it meets the pink paper.
The Watermelon Seed Book
A cute picture book to go along with this craft is The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli. It's perfect for 4-7 year olds.
This popular story features a crocodile who has always loved watermelons. One day he accidentally swallows a seed. Now he worries he will grow larger and pink, that the watermelon will grow inside him, and other fears. After burning up the seed, vows never to eat watermelon again - scared of swallowing another seed.
The simple illustrations and story is filled with fun that is sure to give children a few giggles.
More Watermelon Picture Books
Watermelon Madness - Great for picky eaters and is "A story that can be the springboard for a discussion on favorite foods, eating a balanced diet, sharing with others and trying new foods."
Watermelon Party - A story of friendship, love, animal rescue, and good, old summertime fun!
For another cute watermelon handprint idea, check out the painted version we made for Crystal and Co. as part of a Letter of the Week series.