Thursday, June 30, 2011

4th of July Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Watermelon Shakers
At our local children's museum, they made Mexican music shakers and I thought they were so cute, I wanted to adapt them to the 4th of July holiday. This is what I came up with.

paper plate
red and green paint (or markers)
black sharpie
red yarn
hole punch
watermelon seeds (or dried beans)

Step One:
Cut your paper plate in half. Fold one of the halves in half again, creating a slice of watermelon shape. Paint both sides red with a green rind.
Step Two:
Punch holes around the open edges of your watermelon slice. You want them close enough to hold in your seeds or beans.

Step Three:
Cut your yarn long enough to thread through the holes and make a necklace. Thread the yarn through the holes, pulling them tight as you go. When you finish one side, fill your watermelon slice with 10-15 watermelon seeds or 6-10 beans (really, however many you want). Finish threading the yarn through the holes and tie a knot. Leave enough yarn for the necklace and tie the other end of the yarn to the adjacent side of the watermelon slice.
I looked at three different stores for a watermelon with seeds and unfortunately couldn't find one! So we used beans. But it would be so fun to eat the watermelon first and have your kids save their seeds.

Now your kids have a little noise maker for the parade! (As if they don't make enough noise without it).

Any other fun 4th of July ideas?

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