August 3 is National Watermelon Day! And what better way to celebrate this nutritious and delicious fruit than with summer activities intended to get the whole family involved?
A simple way to enjoy watermelon if you’re not eating it by the slice is to stick it in your blender. Just cut up an entire watermelon into one-inch chunks and freeze half of them in the freezer. Place both the frozen and un-frozen watermelon pieces in a blender to get a refreshing, icy drink kids are sure to love. It’s a great way to get them hydrated without extra sweetener.
You can also pour the juice into ice cube trays to add a little flavor to plain water or iced tea. Pour some blended watermelon juice into popsicle molds and freeze for a tasty and healthy ice cream alternative.
If you have lots of watermelon on hand, why not slice it up into salads? It makes a great addition to a salad of spinach, pecans, cucumbers and a simple vinaigrette.
Watermelon Summer Family Fun With Crafts
You can celebrate watermelons with fun crafts. When you cut a watermelon in half and have used up the fruit inside, save the two halves of the rind. These rinds can be the basis of a few great craft activities:
- Papier-mâché the outside of the rind and gently peel away the rind itself. Attach the two halves together and fill with candies and small toys. Paint the outside to look like a watermelon and hang in a tree. Have fun trying to break open the piñata with a stick.
- Papier-mâché the outside of the rind and gently peel away the rind itself. Paint the outside like the rind of the fruit and paint the inside to have pink flesh and black seeds, just like the inside of a watermelon. Cover both sides with a clear varnish once the paint has dried. Once the varnish is dry, you’ll have fun watermelon bowls for storing art supplies.
- Use the two halves of watermelon rinds as part of a summer picnic. Fill freshly-scooped rinds with fruit salad, punch, and other treats. Use rinds from different-sized watermelons to store food and as bowls to eat out of. See if you can serve a whole picnic in watermelon bowls!
Why not try watermelon bowling? Just pick up a few of the roundest watermelons you can and set up bowling pins at one end of your yard. Encourage younger kids to roll watermelons towards the pins and award a small prize to whoever knocks over the most. Kids can have a lot of fun picking out the watermelon they think will roll the most reliably.
This August 3rd, be sure to break open a few watermelons to enjoy the sweet taste of summer!