Monthly Archives: June 2011

All Things Watermelon

Learn how to make fun watermelon carvings.

I have always been impressed when I have seen watermelon carved into delightful centerpieces — like this dinosaur.  Imagine my delight when I stumbled across the National Watermelon Promotional Board website.  Their purpose is to increase the demand for fresh watermelon.

Huzzah!  I can totally support them in their endeavors.

They have delightful pictures (and directions) on how to make watermelon carvings like a submarine, a ‘lips and love’ basket (I love the big lips!), a pig, a turtle, a treasure chest, and even a hedgehog.  (My youngest son would really like this hedgehog!)

They also have recipes like a watermelon pizza supreme, watermelon in a blanket (like pigs in a blanket), frosted watermelon, and watermelon walnut bagel spread.  They all look and sound so yummy!

Their site makes me want to carve a melon and make some watermelon treats.  Right now!!

If you have older grandchildren, you could have a watermelon carving contest with them.  You can show them some of the ideas from this site.   Or they could brainstorm and come up with their own idea.  You could give prizes for the most creative, intricate, funny, or scary.  Be sure to take pictures of their end product.  Then, make some of the watermelon recipes with the left over scraps — or from extra melons.

August 3rd is National Watermelon Day.  You can start preparing for it now by practicing your carving and cooking skills.

You could also make a whole day of watermelon activities:

What watermelon activities have you done with your grandchildren?

Even More 4th of July Ideas for Grandchildren

Isn’t it amazing how many holiday ideas you can find on the Internet?  (Isn’t it amazing how much time I can waste spend searching for ideas?)  What drab lives we lived before the Internet came along.

Here’s round three of even more 4th of July ideas of activities you can do with your grandchildren.

When you are finished making your crafts, make this yummy All American Dessert.  Your grandchildren will gobble it down in one sitting.  (Much to their mother’s dismay!)  Word on the street has it that you might want to use more Cool Whip than the recipe calls for.


More 4th of July Activities for Grandchildren

The 4th of July.

You can never have too many ideas of things to do and things to make that are patriotic. (I was patriotic LONG before it was cool or in to be patriotic!)

And, there isn’t anything more fun than to make patriotic things with your grandchildren.

Here is a list that includes printable and craft activities.  There are ideas for grandchildren of all ages.

You might also want to check out my post of other 4th of July activities.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Edible Fourth of July Activities for Grandchildren

The 4th of July is just a blink away.

This is always a fun time to have family picnics and get togethers. It’s a time for watermelon, Popsicles, and homemade ice cream.

If you’ll be having grandchildren over (or you’re going to their home), here are some ‘patriotic’ edible treats that would be fun to make with — or for — them.

Most of these recipes are fairly easy and could be made by neophyte cooks (with a little help from grandma of course!).

You could also make Rice Krispie treats, topped with red, white and blue sprinkles, and cut out using a star-shaped cookie cutter.  You could also dip them in white melted dipping chocolate before adding the sprinkles.  Yum.

What fun foods do you make for the 4th of July?