Craft: Keep Cool Watermelon Fan


 

On the surface, making crafts with kids is fun — but it’s also a great way for kids to learn and practice fine-motor skills important for reading and writing, along with early math and science concepts. Painting or drawing the “watermelon” helps kids with dexterity and color identification. Drawing or painting “seeds” requires fine-motor precision and concentration. Folding the fan evenly can help children understand the concept of “whole” and “half.” And finally, teach science concepts to your child by using the fan: It moves air, which feels cool as it travels across your skin!

You will need…

  • Paper plate
  • Craft/popsicle stick
  • Masking tape (or other tape)
  • Paint or markers in pink, green, and black
  • Paintbrush

1. Flip the paper plate to face down on your work surface.

2. Paint the center of the paper plate with pink paint (or use markers to color).

3. Paint the edge of the paper plate with green paint (or use green market) to create “rind.” Allow the plate to dry if using paints.

4. Once the plate is dry, add small seeds with a black marker or paint. Allow to dry.

5. When the paint is dry, fold the plate in half, painted side out. Place a craft stick at the fold and tape to one side. Make circles of tape (sticky side out) and place on one side of the plate. Press to seal.

6. Use your fan to create a nice breeze on a steamy day!

Try another craft that helps your child learn by visiting LAUSD at Molding Shapes!

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