Watermelon Seed Matching Game

We’ve been playing our Watermelon Seed Matching Game and reading The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli. It’s such watermelon fun!

The Watermelon Seed is such a cute book! The crocodile has eaten watermelon since he was baby (chomp, slurp, burp). He loves it for breakfast, loves it for lunch and, you guessed it, loves it for dinner. But one day, he swallows a seed (gulp). What will happen?!

It goes through some pretty silly scenarios.

I asked my kiddos, “How many seeds do you think he has swallowed since he was a baby?” They looked at me for a second.

My son said, “I think…100!” “Oh my! That’s a lot of seeds, son!” We both giggled.

I thought it would be fun to do a Watermelon Seed Matching Game to help my kiddos with counting and pairs. So, I made a simple watermelon craft and turned it into a game. Watch the video below to see how to make it (steps are typed out below too):

Items You Need for the Craft

How to Make the Watermelon Craft

Watermelon Seed Matching Game

**watch the YouTube video above for a demonstration or follow the steps below:

Step One. Trace a cup 5 times onto cardboard (I used one side of a cereal box; card stock would work too).

Step Two. Paint the circles red. You can have your kiddos do this step, if you’d like. Blow dry them dry.

Step Three. Paint a green outline around each circle. Blow dry those dry.

Step Four. Cut the circles out.

Step Five. Cut them in half.

Step Six. Draw seeds onto the halves (start with one seed on each half, then two and so on; we’re making a matching and counting game).

watermelon craft

Step Seven. Draw an outline between the rind and the flesh of the watermelon halves.

Step Eight. Store in a plastic sandwich baggie until ready to play.

How to Play the Watermelon Seed Matching Game

**watch the YouTube video above for a demonstration or follow the steps below:

Step One. Lay out the watermelon halves out on a table. Mix them up.

Step Two. Have your toddler match the pairs. (Tip: if your toddler is having a hard time recognizing the number as a group, have him count the seeds on each half to find the match).

Here is my son matching the watermelon:

Watermelon Seed Matching Game

Once your kiddo gets better at matching, make it a timed game (let’s see how fast you can match it! Or how many can you match in 15 seconds?).

If you’re not crafty or are crunched for time and still want to play, I got you covered. I put a FREE Watermelon Seed Matching Game printable in my shop. Get it here: Watermelon Seed Matching Game. I highly recommend doing the craft with your kiddos though. It’s such a fun time! They can paint the circles red. They will feel so special having helped you make the game!

For more watermelon fun and a craft that can be used while reading The Watermelon Seed, check out Beth’s watermelon craft at Days with Grey! It has velcro seeds and a crocodile you can feed them to!

watermelon craft by Days with Grey

And my friend Ashley from The Littles and Me made the most awesome watermelon slime to play with! Check out how to make it here: Easy Watermelon Slime

Easy Watermelon Slime by The Littles and Me

Love this Watermelon Seed Matching Game? Try our Pineapple Shapes Memory Game too!


Played the game? Tried any of the crafts? Tag us in a pic on Instagram (@themamaworkshop and @dayswithgrey). We’d love to see all the watermelon fun you’re having!

Please note: The Mama Workshop is not a credentialed teacher. This is simply an activity to do to supplement your child’s learning.

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