A watermelon preschool theme is one in a melon! This summery theme is an exciting way to kick off warmer weather. Download these free watermelon preschool lesson plans and jump into this sweet theme!
Watermelon Lesson Plan Activities for Preschoolers
Ahhh, sweet summer! Once those watermelons start appearing in the grocery store, all I can think about is the juicy fruit chilling in the fridge perfect for one of those sweltering summer days.
Kids love watermelon and what’s not to love?! It’s so sweet, it’s a huge and frankly unusually large type of fruit, plus the watermelon colors both inside and out are so enticing.
Since watermelon screams summer, I am always so excited to infuse it into a theme for my preschoolers. Watermelon taste tests, art projects, counting with watermelon seeds (dried black beans), and so much more, this is a tasty theme that won’t have you feeling ‘meloncholy’!
These free watermelon activities for preschoolers are a great way to ring in summertime!
FAQ About Teaching a Watermelon Preschool Theme
Make it a watermelon day full of watermelon crafts and hands-on activities. Lots of great art opportunities with this theme! Paint with sponges, make a letter W watermelon handprint, or just simple (but adorable) paper plate watermelons. Encourage children to glue on dried black beans for some extra fine motor practice!
Important Info about these Watermelon Lesson Plans
These lesson plans for preschoolers are just one theme in a set of over 40 that will become a part of my free Learn At Home Preschool Lesson Plans.
The Learn at Home Preschool Activity Plans are a set of free activity plans you can use to teach your preschooler at home.
Each set of lesson plans is centered around a weekly theme and includes a minimum of 16 activities that can be done throughout the week. They are designed to be done at home with parents, but many preschool teachers are using these lesson plans, too!
Just glance over the lessons each day, gather the very few materials needed, and you’re ready to go!
All the preschool learning activities are quick and easy to set up, requiring very little (if any at all) prep and only require the most basic of household materials. This makes them especially easy for parents to implement…and this makes preschool teachers happy, too!
These activities also work wonderfully in the classroom, and if you’re a preschool teacher who is remotely teaching you can send these lesson plans to your student’s parents.
Engaging Activities in Watermelon Lesson Plans for Preschoolers
These watermelon lessons for preschoolers feature hands-on learning activities in all the most important content areas in preschool. They include literacy activities, math and science activities, sensory and art, safe online activities, as well as other playful learning activities. Read all about them below.
Literacy Activities for a Watermelon Preschool Theme
Watermelon Letter Formation – Using dried black beans along with these letter formation cards, invite your preschooler to build the letters by placing the beans along the lines of each letter. Help your preschooler say the letter and make the letter sound. Begin with the letters in their name and move on to other challenging letters. Once that activity has run its course, use the dried beans and glue them into letters, shapes, or numbers!
Parts of a Watermelon – This letter Ww activity is full of fun and wonder! Cut out an uppercase letter and color it with two shades of green – creating stripes. Talk with your child about the sound that represents the letter W. Glue the letter onto a piece of paper and color red triangles between the letter to show the red fruit. Then add black ovals to represent the seeds. You have turned your letter W into a watermelon! Display proudly and come up with other words that have the /w/ sound. This is also a great time to talk about the life cycle of a watermelon. Check out this video for an exciting time-lapse from seed to watermelon fruit!
Teach your child about watermelon with picture books!
Grab those books for your preschool watermelon theme! Beat the heat and head inside to read these great books about watermelon and summertime.
Math and Science Activities for a Watermelon Preschool Theme
Watermelon Counting – Using a watermelon template, use dried black beans to count to the corresponding number. Turn those black beans into the shape of the number counted by laying them out on these number formation cards.
Watermelon Math Playdough – Grab some red playdough and some dried black beans and get to work! Roll the playdough into a large, flat circle. Then cut out triangular pieces. Invite your preschooler to create shapes using the black bean “seeds” and count how many seeds are on each slice of watermelon. Or make the watermelon slices in the shape of a semi-circle. You are building fine motor skills and enjoying a fun math activity all at once!
Watermelon Volcano – It may sound challenging but with just a small watermelon, baking soda, and vinegar you’ve got an explosion on your hands!
Playful Learning Activities for a Watermelon Preschool Theme
Plant Seeds – Grab some seeds (watermelon or otherwise) and/or dirt and get to work. Plant the seeds in a small cup and watch for sprouts each day. Or put a dried bean inside a damp paper towel and place it in a zip bag and hang it in the window. Watch it grow!
Color Changing Magic – Using white flowers or even paper towels, create a rainbow! Grab a glass for each towel or flower. After pouring each half full of water, put a couple of drops of different food dye colors in each glass. Add the towel or flower, and slowly they will begin to change!
Run in the Sprinkler – Set up your sprinklers and have the kids run through to cool off! Believe it or not, mud and water play is a great gross motor activity and is sure to be a big hit!
Social-Emotional Activities for a Watermelon Preschool Theme
Chasing Watermelons – Go to YouTube and listen to the story, Watermelon Madness by Taghreed Najjar. This story follows a little girl who only wants to eat watermelon so she takes the whole watermelon and puts it under her bed so that she can eat it all on her own. After having a bad dream she feels embarrassed that she took the watermelon all for herself. This story helps children learn about sharing and the importance of being flexible. Talk to your preschooler – how do you think she would have felt if she had eaten the whole melon? Why do you think it’s important to be honest? Why do you think we need to eat a variety of foods to stay healthy?
Watermelon Emotions Matching Game – Emotional development is very important in the preschool years. It’s important for preschoolers to recognize their feelings and be able to name what they feel and why. This watermelon matching game is a fun way to talk about emotions and how to manage big feelings.
Just Plain Fun Activities for a Watermelon Preschool Theme
Watermelon Paper Plate Art – Grab a paper plate and some green, red, and black paint. Cut the plate in half and paint the bottom green and the inside red. Use fingers or Q-tips to paint the black seeds!
Watermelon Sensory Dough – Mix together baking soda and conditioner with a little red food dye and makes for a fun sensory experience!
Watermelon Scooping – Using a melon baller or spoon, invite your preschooler to scoop out a real watermelon. Or try scooping out other melons too such as cantaloupe, and honeydew, or even try an unusual melon from your local market. Don’t forget to have a taste!
Safe Online Activities for a Watermelon Theme
Online Story – Go to YouTube and listen to the story, The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli. After listening, discuss with your preschooler: Why was he worried about swallowing a seed? Did he need to worry? Why or why not?
Watermelon Dance – This catchy watermelon song and dance will have your preschoolers moving and grooving.
Watermelon Song – Sing along and groove to a song all about watermelons! Set to the tune of “Frere Jacques”, it’s easy to learn and fun to sing along with.
Down by the Bay – Sing along to this classic…where the watermelons grow!
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I am an educator, book enthusiast, and a stay at home momma to two precious and long-awaited littles. My degree is in Early Childhood Education and Curriculum and Instruction and I have spent the last 15 years working with young children. I feel very fortunate to have this time to watch my babies grow and I can’t wait to share my passion for learning and reading with you!