Read It Make It: National Watermelon Day – August 3rd

There’s nothing better than a piece of juicy watermelon on a hot summer day to quench your thirst and cool you off.  The Watermelon Seed  written by Greg Pizzoli is a hilarious story about an alligator who loves, loves, loves watermelon, but is so worried when he accidentally swallows a seed. What will happen to him? Will he turn pink or start growing leaves? Find out by reading this fun book and then craft your own Watermelon Fan.

Cover image for The watermelon seed

Watermelon Fan Craft


  • white paper plate
  • large craft sticks
  • light green, pink, black tempura paint (or mix red/white and green/white)
  • paintbrush
  • scissors
  • masking or packing tape
  • cotton swabs


  1. Paint inside circle of paper plate pink.
  2. Paint the outside rim of the paper plate light green. Leave a small strip of white in between the pink and the light green.
  3. When the pink and green are dry, add black “seeds” with the cotton swabs and black tempura paint.
  4. When all is completely dry, fold the plate in half and cut down the crease to create two watermelon slices.
  5. Attach the large craft sticks to the backs of the “slices” with masking or packing tape.
  6. You now have two “yummy” fans to keep you and a friend cool on a hot summer day.

Happy National Watermelon Day!