Whole Watermelon Sensory Play
Preschool Hands On Learning & Play
Who knew sensory play with a water melon could be so much fun. Well, OK, I thought it might be and was really hoping that Liam would get into it too. Today was our lucky day. He was eager to get started with his sensory play lessons this morning and more eager to get started with this one first, the giant watermelon I set out with a melon baller! Strategy, I told him we had to do some activities ( for the alphabet, math, fine motor skills ) first! Nothing like a giant watermelon sitting there for motivation. Click on the photo below to see what we did first!
We had a lot of fun with a colored rice sensory play bin and the letter ‘W’!
I also had planned a cutting activity, making watermelon slices! I thought we could also cut up thin black strips of paper into “seeds” and we could glue them on to the slices. I added dice to make it a little more interesting. We finished up by putting the slices back together on the green “rind” paper. This activity allowed us to talk about half and whole and circle and semi-circle, not to mention practicing cutting skills and glue bottle using skills 🙂 !
Then, finally, we dug into the watermelon sensory play project, literally! He had a blast making scoops and drinking the little puddles of juice. We made a “pond” to collect juice! The melon ball scooper was helpful for practical life skills teaching as we made a special bowl for daddy! We got to talk about the parts of the watermelon some more and look at the seeds and then he wanted to go out and check on his own watermelon plant. Still have ways to go for that one, but I am crossing my fingers it produces something like a watermelon! Food can make a wonderful multi sensory play and learning activity for children.
What a wonderful watermelon morning!