I am super excited about today’s post- it’s the first post in our Yummy Summer Fun series! For the next two weeks, we’ll be bringing you sensory, art, learning activities, and more based on some of our favorite summer treats. It seemed only fitting that we kick off our series with the ultimate summer delight- watermelon! So grab yourself a juicy slice, put your feet up, and celebrate summer with us!
Watermelon Volcano Dino World!
After we used up all the yummy watermelon to make our shakes, we didn’t want the empty shell to go to waste, so we put it to good use by making a watermelon volcano!
Click HERE to see full watermelon volcano post.
To dive into our watermelon fun, we decided a cool treat was in order. Although the twins LOVE plain ole’ watermelon, I thought it might be fun to try our hands at making some watermelon milkshakes, which were actually suggested by a Facebook fan.
To make our easy (and healthy) watermelon milkshakes, we used:
- 3 heaping cups of frozen watermelon cubes (seedless)
- 2 cups milk
- About 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt (honey-flavored)
- a splash of vanilla
- honey (to taste)
The twins were actually able to help quite a bit with the preparation of the shakes- I cut the watermelon flesh into long “fingers” so they could use their knives to practice cutting. Once all the watermelon was cubed, I froze it on parchment paper and then let the kids transfer it to the blender along with all of the other ingredients. This recipe is not an exact science- play around with the ingredients until you get the taste and consistency that you like. The results were delicious- the yogurt made the shakes nice and creamy, and the drizzle of honey added just the right amount of sweetness. For more toddler friendly recipes and how to use them to enhance language development, visit my post on Building Language in the Kitchen!
When the shakes were done, I gave some to the twins and then snuck outside with the rest to snap a few photos.
Things were going great until…
Oh well. What can I say? It is summer, after all!
Watermelon Rice Jars
Speaking of our watermelon-scented sensory rice , I still had some left over after our watermelon activities, so I threw together a couple of gifts for some of our little friends using a few Ball jars I had up in my crafty stash. Cool, huh? Sensory play in a jar!
If you missed our scented watermelon rice, click on the photo below. You have to see the setup- it was super fun!
And if these activities have left you hungry, you might enjoy our watermelon ladybug pops- click on the photo to check them out, too.
Finally, for even more inspiration, check out my Summer Pinterest Board where I’m furiously collecting fun summertime activities for kids!