We harvested cucumbers and carrots this week and used them to supplement snack time. The kids wanted to make pickles from the cucumbers, so Ericka Lawler supplied us with the recipe and ingredients. We made them on Wednesday and they will be ready to eat on Monday. Ella loves pickles so she is going to bring in a pickle from home to do a taste test! This week during Art class we used watercolors to paint watermelon!
Judd brought in a few pictures from seed catalogs of all different types of watermelons. We discussed how the rind can be varied and so can the inside color. To show examples, Judd painted a few different melons with watercolors and also painted the cover of one of the seed catalogs. It had 6 slices of watermelon on top of one another and each slice was different. Then he showed us some cool watermelon carvings. A few of the favorites were the ship, the pineapple and the Statue of Liberty. Judd gave a bit of advice regarding using watercolors and then set the students free to paint. Even though there were so many varieties of watermelon colors, almost everyone did the traditional green outside with a red interior. Some students finished quickly while others were adding shadows and detail. Judd offered advice, comments and specific praise to each student as he roamed the room. To finish the art lesson, Judd said that he had a surprise for us. We all went into the kitchen and learned that Judd had carved a shark out of a watermelon and put a few seals in the shark's mouth! It was amazing and good to eat as well! Another wonderful art lesson!