I’ve been hoarding craft ideas for the kids on Pinterest. You know how it is. Someday, I should totally make this with the kids. Then you forget and are reminded when you pin the same thing again. My youngest daughter is on to me. She’s started nagging me about making things. I literally can’t say “we could make that” or “we should make this” without her harassing me until we do. And so it was when the recent Paper Source catalog arrived in the mail with an adorable paper watermelon banner on the front cover.
Théa has been asking me at least once a day since that catalog arrived if we could make a watermelon banner. When asked what she wanted to make this summer (for our summer lists), she immediately said “a watermelon banner” (followed closely by a “tangled purple dress”). And so it was time to break out the cardstock on Saturday.
My apologies to Paper Source for the copy and my thanks to Paper Source for the idea. I knew this would be easier with the kit, but four year olds are not exactly concerned with precision or following directions so we decided to make our own watermelons.
This is such an easy craft for little hands and is great for developing cutting and pasting skills. Break out a couple of bowls, trace your circles onto cardstock, and cut in half. We started with our smallest circle (the red or pink). We glued our half circle to a piece of white cardstock, (sort of) lining up the top edge, then cut the white slightly larger than the red. Next, we glued the red and white pieces to our green semi-circles. Finally, we used a standard hole punch to create seeds. Some black, some pink. You know, I’m always seeing pink seeds in watermelon. Whatever works.
By the way, are you people just dying over my daughter’s shaggy hair? I’m doing my best to convince her that it is time for a haircut but she is not interested. And just forget about trying to style it unless you are going to give her an Elsa braid. I am definitely not talented enough for that. I also have got to stop letting Théa look at Pinterest with me.
Ok, so once you have enough watermelon halves for whatever space you are working with, simply cut out some yarn or baker’s twine and tape your watermelon to your twine. It is that easy. We hung ours above the kitchen window and can now check one summer activity fully off of Théa’s list. Now, for that Rapunzel dress…