WATERMELON NINJA TURTLE
It’s time to craft with delicious Watermelons as we’ve reached the letter “W” in the A-Z healthy eating series! So we decided on making a Watermelon Ninja Turtle.
We love watermelon in our family, they remind us of long, hot summers and lazy days at the beach, our favourite swimming spot and picnics in the back yard. Watermelons are so cool and refreshing, making them one of my boys’ favourite fruits.
Watermelons are elongated, cylindrical shaped melons with smooth, hard, thick, dark green rind. Some have bold dark green stripes whilst others are only faintly spotted with dark green. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to expand their vocabulary while describing the look, feel and taste of a watermelon. The boys couldn’t wait for the tasting! Inside, the watermelon flesh is deep red, very juicy and sweet with dark brown or black seeds in the centre.
Today’s craft can be enjoyed by children of all ages. Very young children may enjoy the sensory experience of painting the Ninja turtle’s mask with their fingers. My boys used the traditional paint brush which is a great way to further develop fine motor skills. Older children could attempt carving the Ninja turtle with a knife, although make sure they have good knife skills and a child friendly knife is used.
My boys wanted to turn their watermelons into Ninja turtles because of their already green colour. Each of my boys have a favourite Ninja turtle and we intended to make two Ninja turtle heads however they were too eager to eat the watermelons so we unintentionally chopped up the other half! My suggestion is to scoop out the flesh well in advance while leaving the rind intact so that your little crafters can have a snack while they craft! Feel free to set out different coloured paint and challenge your little ones to create another creature head with their watermelons. This is a wonderful opportunity to foster creativity in children and they will have so much fun in the process!
We’re off to chomp on some more watermelon and have fun with some seed spitting contests!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE WATERMELON NINJA TURTLE:
- Watermelon cut in half on the short side
- Acrylic/poster paint
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE WATERMELON NINJA TURTLE:
- Place one half of watermelon, cut side down on table. This will be the Ninja turtle’s head.
- Use acrylic or poster paint to paint your Ninja’s mask.
- Use black paint to paint on eyes and mouth.
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