Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Watermelon Day

Watermelon Day
Objective: We learned about watermelons using our 5 senses.
Vocabulary words for this week: watermelon, rind, seeds, inside, outside, red, green, white, black, taste, touch, hear, see, feel
Spanish vocabulary word for this week: watermelon -- sandía [san-dee’-ah] Review: red- rojo, green - verde, white- blanco, black - negro
Activity: Mr. Watermelon -- clue treasure hunt [Simple clues were written on the backs of several paper "Mr. Watermelon's".
Our charges wearing a watermelon visor (foam visor with black paint seeds) then solved the clues and found the next Mr. Watermelon.
The last clue leads to a prize.
The prize this time was watermelon playdough (see recipe below) to play with and some for each charge to take home.]
Skills we worked on: listening, thinking skills, working together Activity: Science: 5 senses
Skills we worked on: exploring a real whole seeded watermelon with our five senses by observing, touching, listening, smelling and of course, tasting.

Who knew we would have to go to 4 grocery store before finding one that could Special Order us a seeded watermelon. Seedless is the only type sold in our area! lol
Activity: Art: Melon Mobile [multi medium project: Karo syrup tinted red painted on half a strong paper plate with black art foam "seeds", paper circles of green, white and red glued to make another view of a watermelon with pom pom seeds, and paper "slices" colored with magic markers. A few holes punched in the pieces and a bit of thread and you have a mobile.]
Skills we worked on: creative expression, fine motor, following directions
Watermelon playdough
Koolaid Dough
2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup salt
3 tsp oil
2 cups boiling water
2 small packages Koolaid (unsweetened)
We could only find watermelon/cherry.
Mix dry ingredients
Add water & oil.
*Helpful hint from Nanny Paula: use a gallon size freezer ziploc to mix dry ingredients and then pour the oil and boiling water right in the bag, seal, mix and knead for a no mess method. This is a great smelling dough! This dough will keep very well in a zipper bag for quite some time (months!), if you remember to always store it in the bag with all the air squeezed out. Refrigerate for a different texture.
Skills we worked on: tactile experience, small muscle, cause and effect

Activity: song:
The Watermelon Patch Song
tune: Are you Sleeping?
Watermelon, (Make a circle with your arms.)
On the vine, (Curve hands and arms beside body.)
On the vine,
Sweet and red and juicy, (Rub your tummy.)
Sweet and red and juicy,
Please be mine! (Palms together as though pleading.)
Please be mine!
Watermelon, (Make a circle with your arms.) Watermelon,
Thump, thump, thump, (Make a thumping movement with thumb and middle finger.)
Thump, thump, thump,
I think you are ready- (Point, resting finger on your temple.) I think you are ready-
Big and plump! (Make a circle with your arms.) Big and plump!
Skills we worked on: memorization, vocal rhythm

Activity: Young Chefs: fresh squeezed watermelon juice in a bag (ziploc bag, straw, watermelon and kid power) Skills we worked on: eye- hand coordination, cause and effect, independence and confidence
Lunch and storytime:
Down by the Bay by Raffi

One Watermelon Seed by Celia Lottridge

Watermelon Day by Kathi Appelt

Pete Spit a Seed at Sue by Jackie Koller

Watermelon Wishes by Lisa Moser

Kid Question: What did you learn about watermelons today
This is when we talk about what we did and what we learned today.

Each child get's a chance to talk about it and we usually record it.
We document our activities each week with Smilebox.
Next month we will tell you more about Smilebox.

A little more about Paula and Gael Ann: Paula has been a nanny for 9 years and working with her current family for three years. She enjoys working with the children and Gael Ann. Paula considers "Discover & Learn" to be very rewarding for the children and also on a personal level. Gael Ann has been a Nanny for over 23 years and with her current family for 3 years. She enjoys using her creativity to make learning fun for her charges.

1 comment:

nannysarah said...

This is such a cool idea!!

Munchkin is too young(8mo) to do this, but I will do it with my 5yo Niece and 8yo Nephew and save it for when Munchkin is older!!

Thanks!! :)