This is a great toddler craft for many reasons. It involves just a few, inexpensive materials, it’s engaging, and it aids in skill development (fine motor control, color and shape recognition). Here’s how to create a mosaic watermelon…
- Cut some green and red construction paper into strips and then into squares. Two pieces of paper should be plenty.
- Cut a piece of contact paper the size you want your piece of watermelon to be. Take off the paper part to reveal the sticky side.
- Turn the sides of the contact “paper” under at each end so it holds the piece in place for your toddler.
- Guide your toddler as she/he places red and green squares onto the sticky side of the contact sheet (it’s okay if they are randomly placed, as long as they are placed so they stick!).
- Flip the contact sheet over and place a piece of tissue paper in a coordinating color to the back. This will act as a filler to cover any exposed contact paper parts and add color. *This is optional. My toddler didn’t quite fill up the space, which is okay. But, I needed a backing.
- Cut mosaic watermelon to resemble the shape of a piece of watermelon.
After we completed this craft, I was thinking that it would be cute and more watermelon-like to add a few small pieces of black construction paper to the mix (to stand in as seeds). This toddler craft is lovely as the sun shines through it while it hangs in a kitchen window.