Books Alive: The Watermelon Seed

Hello! It’s Kelly from Cloudy Day Gray, and I am so excited to be a part of the Books Alive reading series! Before I became a blogger and donate-life advocate I was, in fact, a teacher and reading specialist. Picture books are such an important part of every childhood and can foster a beautiful love of reading, storytelling, imagination, social skills, relationship building — I mean, I could put a 100 things on this list!

The Watermelon Seed -- learn how to make these fun puppets via @PagingSupermom #booksalive

The Watermelon Seed -- learn how to make these fun puppets via @PagingSupermom #booksalive

The Watermelon Seed --  learn how to make these fun puppets via @PagingSupermom #booksalive

It is always a good idea to practice re-telling a story, and with a simple book like The Watermelon Seed, by Greg Pizzoli, practicing can easily be turned into a full puppet show!

The Watermelon Seed --  learn how to make these fun puppets via @PagingSupermom #booksalive

My kids loved this activity from start to finish. Here is how you can make book puppets too:

You will need a book like The Watermelon Seed that has simple illustrations/drawings, photocopier, crayons, card stock, glue, scissors, stiff straws or popsicle sticks, and tape.

The Watermelon Seed --  learn how to make these fun puppets via @PagingSupermom #booksalive

The Watermelon Seed --  learn how to make these fun puppets via @PagingSupermom #booksalive

TO MAKE: Photocopy several illustrations from the book in black and white, then let the kids color the drawing anyway they like. Once they are finished, they can glue the drawing onto a piece of card stock. Once the glue is dry, have them cut around the main character. Next, turn it over and tape a straw or popsicle stick to the back. It took us about 15 minutes, from start to finish, to make the puppets.

The Watermelon Seed -- make these fun puppets with a free printable template via @PagingSupermom #booksalive

The Watermelon Seed -- make these fun puppets with a free printable template via @PagingSupermom #booksalive

Now comes the best part — act out the book using the puppets! The Watermelon Seed has the perfect plot for anyone with a big imagination. The alligator, who loves watermelons, accidentally eats a seed and begins to dream about turning into a watermelon himself, until he thankfully burps it out. You can see why it is a favorite around here! My kids loved acting out his worried looks, and re-telling his horrible dreams of being put into a fruit salad and eaten for lunch. But, acting out the big burp at the end always seems to take the cake!

The Watermelon Seed -- make these fun puppets with a free printable template via @PagingSupermom #booksalive

You can find more shenanigans and activities like this over on my blog Cloudy Day Gray which began after my daughter experienced a life-saving liver transplant at six weeks old. I believe we all have cloudy days, moments in time that are difficult. But it is what we do with those cloudy days that defines who we are. I do my best to give, live, and love while celebrating the everyday as mother, crafter, and donate-life advocate.