The taste and smell of watermelon just screams “SUMMER!” to me. Cool and crisp and it smells soooooo good!! For me, that watermelon smell brings back memories of chewing watermelon flavored gum while playing basketball as a kid. I thought it would be fun to create some scratch and sniff stickers with a watermelon scent that could be made even after the warm days of summer fade away!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED: Printable watermelon stickers, sticker paper (we used Avery Sticker Project Paper), Watermelon Kool-Aid (this is a new flavor and may be a bit difficult to find, but we found it at Walmart!), a small paintbrush, scissors, and a bit of water
WHAT TO DO: Download the free watermelon printable** and print the images onto your sticker paper. Dissolve some of the Kool-aid into a bit of water (we used ¼ t of Koolaid to each ½ t of water). Use as much as you think you will need to cover the number of stickers you have printed. Have your child use the paintbrush to gently brush each image with the Kool-aid solution. Let the sheet of stickers dry thoroughly. Once dry, have your child carefully cut out each of the stickers. Scratch, sniff, and stick!
HOW TO CHANGE IT UP:
-You can find stock clip-art images of almost anything. Make a variety of scented stickers using different scents for each! For fruits, just buy several packs of Kool-Aid in different flavors!
-Cut the stickers out before your child paints them. This will be a bit more of a challenge for bilateral coordination as they will have to work to stabilize the smaller piece of sticker paper while painting!
-if you would like to incorporate a little more practice for those Superfingers, have your kiddo sprinkle some glitter into the Kool-aid mixture before she paints it on the stickers!
SKILL AREAS ADDRESSED: Fine motor skills, bilateral coordination, sensory integration, grasp, visual motor integration
**VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to Emily from Emily Reece Designs on Etsy for permitting us to use her awesome watermelon graphic for this printable! It was exactly what we had in mind when we were thinking of this activity. Emily’s shop is full of awesome graphics that you can purchase and quickly download. If you need an image for your blog or for party invitations…for anything…visit Emily and tell her that we sent you!!
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