Paper Plate Watermelon Craft

Summer is the perfect time to make this adorable paper plate watermelon craft. It’s so easy for preschoolers to make this adorable paper plate craft!

My son loves sweet, drippy, juicy watermelon. We enjoy it frequently in the summertime.

I knew he’d be excited about these simple, fun watermelon activities. And I’m sure your preschooler will be too.

Paper Plate Watermelon Craft

We started by naming what colors we see on watermelon. We also talked about that watermelon starts with “W” and made the “w” beginning sound.

We started with a paper plate cut in half.

Then my 3 year-old painted the plate with pink paint. You could also color the plate with marker if you don’t have paint on hand.

The paint we used dried pretty quickly so we were able to move on to the next step.

painting watermelon

We glued a strip of green crepe paper streamer along the bottom for the rind. Then my son used his thumbprints to put the seeds on with ink.

This was good fine motor practice trying to use only his thumb, place it on the paper and pick it up again.

finished watermelon

We continued our watermelon fun with a counting activity. I just cut five triangles of red paper, glued the same green crepe paper from our art activity along the bottom and wrote numbers 1-5.

We started by laying out the pieces in number order. Then we used chocolate chips to place the correct number of “seeds” on each piece.

You could also use black buttons, pom poms or raisins. I didn’t happen to have any of these on hand and my son LOVES chocolate chips.

So I decided to allow him the treat and make the game even more appealing.

counting game

It’s the perfect time of year for watermelon and these activities were easy and quick to set up and do.

Next time we have watermelon in our kitchen I’m sure we’ll do these again and finish up the fun with a sweet, juicy snack!


Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about watermelon. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.

If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.

The Donkey EggRunski Punski and the Watermelon ShoesWatermelon Madness


The Donkey Egg – Bear would rather sleep all day than work on his farm, and Fox knows just the kind of help he needsa donkey! When Fox tricks Bear into buying a donkey egg, Bear can’t wait for it to hatch so he can meet his new friend. But donkeys don’t come from eggs! And when the “egg” finally opens, Bear gets a fruity surprise. Luckily, Bear doesn’t have to face disappointment alone . . . Hare is there to help!

 Runski Punski and the Watermelon Shoes – Once upon a time, a young girl named Runski Punski and her friends were chasing each other around her back yard. Suddenly, Runski Punski discovered a new and fun type of footwear. Soon, all her friends, and all the kids in town, wanted to join in the fun.

Watermelon Madness – Noura is crazy about watermelon. She wants to eat nothing else, every day, at every meal. In fact, Noura thinks there is no such thing as too much watermelon. Until one night, when the watermelon she has hidden in her room to eat all by herself begins to grow and Noura gets taken on a wild watermelon adventure!

Teaching Resources

This delicious watermelon felt set is great for teaching children to count up to 5 and to practice number recognition. Also excellent for imaginative play or as a matching game.

Preschoolers will strengthen hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills while they count and place the seeds in these watermelon wooden counting puzzles.

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 Kids will have so much fun learning and playing with watermelons. These watermelon ideas for kids will provide hours of educational entertainment all summer long. 

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