Around the 4th of July, the kids and I read the book Happy Birthday, America! by Marsha Wilson Chall countless times. Every day at the start of our homeschool preschool time, XGirl would pick this book for me to read. One of the kids’ favorite parts in the story was when the family had a watermelon seed spitting contest. QBoy and XGirl especially loved how the youngest child’s seed went “plup” right on to his chest when he tried to spit it out.
In any case, we recently ended up with a whole watermelon. I invited the kids to be in charge of scooping out the flesh.
While they did this, I saved a few of the black (aka, spitter) seeds for later use.
Originally I was planning to use the black seed for a math activity, but then I decided that my kids needed to experience the fun of a watermelon seed spitting contest!
So I took them outside and had them place their feet on a line.
I let them pick a spitter seed.
And then on the count of three, they spit them as far as they would go!
Some seeds traveled only inches, while a few managed to travel several feet.
This was a non-competitive contest, though, so matter how far the seeds went, we all cheered.
The kids had a blast. And I loved the feeling of sharing a piece of my childhood with them.
More resources for summer fun and learning
More watermelon posts from Gift of Curiosity:
- Watermelon Oobleck Sensory Play
- Watermelon Printables Pack
- Watermelon Do-a-Dot Printables
- Books about watermelon
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