Paper Plate Watermelon Craft And Math Activity

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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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

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.

Supplies Needed

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Instructions

Have your child color the edge of the plate green and the center of the plate red.

Paper Plate Watermelon Craft And Math Activity

Next, have your child use a ruler and pencil to draw lines to create eight equal sections on the paper plate.

Paper Plate Watermelon Craft And Math Activity

Cut out each section along the lines.

Paper Plate Watermelon Craft And Math Activity

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.

Paper Plate Watermelon Craft And Math Activity

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.

Paper Plate Watermelon Craft And Math Activity

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9 comments

Alex Gladwin August 14, 2019 - 3:25 pm

What a great simple fun craft activity to do – my boys would enjoy doing this! x

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Lilinha August 14, 2019 - 3:59 pm

Such a lovely activity, easy to do and perfect to teach children about fractions.

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Kara Guppy August 15, 2019 - 3:19 am

That looks like lots of fun for little ones – will be taking this idea back to pre-school

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Rebecca Smith August 15, 2019 - 7:08 am

I love doing crafts with my little one so I will certainly be giving this a go! Looks fun!

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Rhian Westbury August 15, 2019 - 8:39 am

Such a good idea, as this seems like a fun game and I bet kids wouldn’t realise that it’s actually educational x

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nichola - Globalmouse August 15, 2019 - 11:54 am

This is such a sweet activity and I love the idea of using it for maths practice!

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Elizabeth Williams August 16, 2019 - 4:33 pm

This is such a great activity to do with the kids. Love activities that make learning fun for kids. Will have to this with my boys as they love maths games and activities.

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Aimée Bradley August 16, 2019 - 7:01 pm

How fantastic is this. Think I will try it with my daughter b

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Jennifer August 17, 2019 - 3:06 pm

What a great idea. My son struggles with fractions so we’ll have to give this a try.

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