This inexpensive Paper Plate Watermelon Craft And Math Activity is fun and educational, making it a great way to help children learn and practice math concepts.
Paper Plate Watermelon Craft And Math Activity
Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits. A slice of juicy, sweet watermelon is just so satisfying. This colorful fruit is a favorite amongst adults and children alike. Here’s an inexpensive and fun craft that your kids can do easily at home. The kids can make a watermelon just by using paper plates, pencil, crayons and scissors. Then, once the paper plate watermelon craft is finished, it’s perfect for practicing simple math concepts including addition, subtraction, fractions, multiplication and patterns.
Here’s instructions on how to make a paper plate watermelon.
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Have your child color the edge of the plate green and the center of the plate red.
Next, have your child use a ruler and pencil to draw lines to create eight equal sections on the paper plate.
Cut out each section along the lines.
If your child is only doing this as a coloring and cutting activity they can draw on some seeds and they’re finished.
This craft is more useful without drawing on the seeds however, as it makes for a great educational activity where your child can practice a variety of math concepts, including addition, subtraction, fractions, multiplication and patterns.
To use the watermelon for addition practice
Place a different number of seeds on each watermelon piece, then add the seeds together to find the correct sum. Your child can start by putting seeds on just two slices for simple math, then expand to putting seeds on several slices for something more challenging.
To use the watermelon for fraction practice
Create different fractions of the whole using the different pieces. This craft is perffect for simple fractions. The whole plate consisting of 8 sections represents 1. Each slice is 1/8th of the whole unit of 1.
To use the watermelon for multiplication practice
Place an equal number of seeds on each watermelon piece, then use multiplication facts to find the sum. An example is to have your child place 4 seeds on all 8 slices, then calculate the sum as 32. The next step would be to subtract 4 seeds from 1 slice, then recalculate the sum as 28, which in turn helps illustrate that 1/8th of 32 is 4 .
To use the watermelon to practice patterns
Create patterns with the number or placement of seeds on the watermelon pieces, then ask the student to recreate the pattern. Your child can create different shapes and designs with the seeds or create patterns by putting the same number of seeds on each slice.
This simple and inexpensive craft is both fun and educational, making it a great activity to help younger children learn and practice math concepts.
Your kids will have fun creating the watermelons and working on their math skills, helping give them confidence and a better understanding of an important life skill.