Rebekah - posted on 06/26/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )
It's my anniversary!!! LOL Well it is, but besides that, I just found out that August 3rd is National Watermelon Day. One of my favorite fruits.
Anyways, just thought I would share with all the mommies here and those that are involved in Sunday School classes or there own backyard Bible Club a cool Wacky Watermelon Party Day!!!
Getting the Kids Involved:
When you announce the party, challenge the kids to see how they can dress themselves
up “watermelon-y”. Green and red and white would do it -- but they’ll be more creative
than that! Make sure to take a few minutes on what you’ll wear -- it blesses the
kids when the teachers are involved. It is even easy these days to make a special tshirt
with iron-on transfers that go right into your printer! Use some of the clip art
and do it up special!
John 4:13-14 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this
water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never
Adding a missions touch to your party increases the value of the day.
Our story in this party plan is about a children’s church that collected watermelons
to bless the kids at a homeless shelter. Do you have a homeless shelter in your town
that could use some fresh watermelon? Or how about food pantries? If you bring
fresh food, they need to know about it in advance so they are prepared. But they’ll
appreciate it! Or how about some watermelon bowls delivered to a nursing home or
Here are a few decorating ideas to make your party room look festive:
1. Light green and red crepe paper everywhere. Overstating the obvious works
well in this situation.
2. Piles of watermelons in baskets or wagons. You can use them for the games and
then use them to donate (well, what you don’t eat for snack time).
3. Every party goods store, even grocery stores, has watermelon paper products
out during the summer. There are so many to choose from your head will spin.
4. Create a pathway to your classroom with watermelon wedges (clip art) and big
giant watermelon seeds pointing the way.
Have prizes available (as your budget allows) for winning the games, bringing the
most visitors, knowing the extra memory work, etc. Or just assemble a goody bag for
everyone to take home. The goody bag doesn’t have to cost a lot, just a little something
in their hand when they leave seems extra special.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
1. There are so many different kinds of watermelon candies available from candy
sticks, gummies, gumballs in the shape of watermelons, rolled candy, etc.
2. Packages of watermelon-flavored kool-aid or jello would be funny in a goody
bag. When is the last time a kid got their own package of jello?
3. Since it is summer, a school supply or two is fun to include in the package.
Maybe you can find pencils or erasers or notebooks with a watermelon theme or
just use the watermelon colors as your guide.
4. Or just use up the extra bits in your cabinets and make a fun package. If you
can’t find goody bags to match the watermelon paper products, use a clear ziploc
and put a watermelon clip art in the front to make it look fun. Kids will enjoy
the goody no matter what!
Verses to Memorize to win a prize:
(We have suggested the following verses as extra work memorization. Hand out a paper with this verse on it the month before. Make sure you have extra prizes for those that do the extra work! Don’t prejudge who will do the extra work and who won’t. The story today challenges the class to memorize so you might want to hand this out AT the party and work the next few weeks on memorizing for a super challenge.)
Psalm 23:2 “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters"
Proverbs 25:21 “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him
water to drink."
Isaiah 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass
through the rivers, they will not sweep over you."
Matthew 10:42 “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little
ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his
Revelation 22:17 “The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say,
"Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free
gift of the water of life."
Suggested Schedule of events:
1. Have kids recite scriptures to someone as they come in if you handed out the
challenge work ahead of time. Give them a sticker or stamp their hand if they
get a prize later.
2. Begin by recognizing the awesome job everyone did with their decorating.
Remember to notice the kids that didn’t come dressed up in a kind way. How
about setting up a face painting area so everyone can get a piece of watermelon
painted on their face?
3. Recognize visitors -- stamp them for a prize later.
4. Take offering - Use a green gift bag with a graphic glued on the outside.
5. Pre-service activity suggestions.
6. Games - A few fun suggestions!
7. Memory verse activity
9. Story Time
10. Puppet song
11. Bible Lesson
12. Object Lesson
13. Craft Idea
14. Hand out prizes. Invite visitors back next week.
Pre-Service Activity Suggestions
Having something ready when the kids arrive is a life saver. With the room decorated,
and their own anticipation level high, if you don’t have something ready for them to do,
you could be in trouble! Here is a fun suggestion that gets the party started from the
moment they walk in:
How about a watermelon decorating contest? Have the kids work in groups as they
arrive. Provide room temperature watermelons. If the melons are chilled, they will
start to sweat and not be easy to decorate. Have all kinds of décor on hand: markers,
construction paper, glue, yarn, felt, etc. Let the groups create whatever kind of melon
creature they can imagine. You can use them as prizes at the end of the service. What
fun to bring home a melon monster!
Having a little more game time makes a party a real party. Below are few game ideas.
Use them any way you like in any order you like, or add some of your own. One idea is
to make game "stations" throughout the room and divide the kids into groups moving
them through the stations. Choose a helper or two (teens work great for this) to man
each station. The "game wardens" stay with their game and the kids move through in
groups. This way all the games can be going on at one time and it has a "festival" feel
to it. Or you could do one game now, do something else, then do another game, and so on.
Regardless how you use them, the kids will love the extra special party feel you put
into each game.
Reward the "winners" of games any way you like: candy, give bee coins to collect
toward a prize later, or just make loud announcements of how great everyone is doing.
Have one guy at the sound board or bring in a karaoke machine so someone can be
announcing the happenings as they are “happening.” The noisier and crazier the atmosphere
is, the more the kids will feel that this is truly a departure from the normal
Game: Watermelon Bowling
Just as simple as it sounds. Use the watermelon as the bowling ball and use whatever
you have available as the bowling pins (soda bottles, juice bottles, cans, small boxes,
etc.). Feel free to keep score, or not. It can just be for fun and cheering for each
Game: Seed Spitting Contest
To do this game you need watermelon seeds. You can play this game after snack time if
you are serving watermelon today. Or you can simple start cutting a melon and pulling
seeds out as the teams is lining up. Or perhaps you have a kind person that will gut a
melon or two for you during the week and provide you with a bag of seeds.
Two options for play: You can spit for distance or for aim. Simple sheets of papers
with distance markers on them across the room will work for distance. You need a
worker willing to position themselves in the end zone to record the distances.
If you are working on aim, you need to set up a table with a display of things ready to
bit hit. An empty soda can makes a nice ping when shot with a watermelon seed. An
empty jello box is light enough to be knocked over with a good enough hit. You can put
a couple of paper bowls with points written on them for a hit. Whatever you use on the
display will be fun for the kids to try to hit.
Game: Spray and Wash
Here is a fun, but messy, game with a message. This is a game for outside. If you can't
take your class outside, I'm thinking you might not be enamored with the messy level
of this event.
Using washable markers, write sin words on a few melons. Then provide water guns and
let the kids try to clean off the sin word from the melon. Use a whistle to indicate it is
the next child's turn to shoot. This is some kind of fun and they never get tired of it!
The workers can cheer them on by saying “Let’s get rid of stealing (or whatever word
is written on the melon)!” Lots of fun and a great visual.
Game: Watermelon Hop
One of the most exhausting things to do is hop. So, if you want to use up some serious
energy, build a simple obstacle course where the kids have to hop over a series of
melons along a path. Make sure it is a two footed hop to get the most from the game!
(Plus hopping is just fun.) If you aren’t sure they will be sane and not mash the melons
all over the place, print out some of the graphics and enlarge them onto full sheets of
paper. You can make a pathway all around the room. They can race two by two making
it even more fun.
You can have an old-fashioned watermelon eating contest. Eat for a time period as
opposed to who can eat x-amount of watermelon. It is less disgusting and still fun. You
need a lot of wet wipes for the faces afterwards! And a garbage can on hand!
MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY
Memory Verse: John 4:13-14 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will
be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.”
Gather the kids into groups. The best way to do it will be to group them by age or size
if you can. You can use as many groups as you need based on your size room, you just
need one watermelon per group. Have the groups gather into circles. Begin with everyone
saying the verse out loud together. Copy the memory verse paper onto a transparency
and show overhead or put it on your big screen, whatever you have. Give each
group a watermelon. As they say the verse, they need to pass the watermelon around
the circle handing it off to the person to the right. They should move the watermelon
one person per word. The first time through, everyone say the verse together. The
second time through, leave the words where they can be seen but have the kids say the
words one by one. One child says "Jesus" and then hands the watermelon to the person
next to them and that person says the next word. It keeps going around the circle with
the watermelon in motion all the time. After a few times through, remove the words
from view. Then start timing them seeing if they can move it faster and faster. Yes, it
is dangerous for the melon, but fun. The younger kids can sit in a circle and roll it to
the next person if that would be easier.
Snack time can be simple or exciting, whatever you are up to! This is a great time to
enlist a couple of ladies in your church that perhaps do not help in children’s ministry
regularly. Maybe you can find a couple that will make exciting snacks for your parties!
Here are some ideas to get you thinking. Don’t be afraid to ask, amazing things
happen when you ask!
Also -- don’t forget, the kids might enjoy making a snack. Some groups just like the
food making part, so do what works with your kids. Your class might like a cooking
segment instead of a craft segment!
One more thing, watermelon paper goods are readily available. Makes it festive without
a lot of effort.
Let’s start with some beverage suggestions. There is watermelon flavored Kool-aid is a
great place to start if you want to go easy. They have plain watermelon, kiwi watermelon,
etc. Take a peek, there are a few choices. We have included a punch recipe if
you want to make it more complicated and exciting. It is pretty yummy (see next page).
Watermelon Ice Cubes are fun to add to whatever drink you serve. Simply puree some
watermelon and freeze in ice cube trays. They will defrost somewhat quickly, so don't
pop until you are ready to plop in the cups. The kids will love them!
Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade Punch
6 cups watermelon cubes (seeds removed)
½ cup raspberries
1 package of watermelon flavored kool-aid
1 package of lemonade flavored kool-aid
1 cup of sugar
2 qts of water
Place watermelon, raspberries and 2 cups of the water in container of electric blender,
cover and blend until smooth. Strain through fine mesh strainer into pitcher. Stir in
sugar and kool-aid until sugar dissolves. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Makes 2
1. Cupcakes frosted like a watermelon are cute and easy to do with a group. Bring
the cupcakes pre-baked. You will need small paper plates with red crystals and a few
tubes of green icing as well as some plain vanilla icing. Let the kids ice their cupcakes
with a thin, smooth layer of vanilla. Then dip the iced cupcake in the red crystals and
then pipe a green circle around the outer edge. Adorable! Enjoy!
2. Watermelon Fruit Basket. You might be fortunate enough to have someone in your
church willing to do the carving and put together a fruit basket inside a watermelon for
you. It is such a great display and kids love fresh fruit. It is an ordinary thing, I realize,
but it is still a great visual and lots of fun!
3. Plain old watermelon works great! Don’t be concerned if you don’t want to go more
elaborate. You don’t have to. Kids (generally) love watermelon!
4. If you have an avid cookie baker in your church, sugar cookies decorated like
watermelon slices would be a delight!
After everyone is settled with a snack, it would be a great time for a story. Here is a good
way to tell this story. Ask someone in your group that can draw fairly well, to draw a
picture of a big wagon load of watermelons while you read. Use a transparency and dry
erase markers and just have them work as you read. As the picture comes to life slowly, the
kids will be mesmerized. You'll be amazed at how they will retain every part of the story
with their eyes and ears busy at the same time. Just make sure your artist doesn't rush
through the drawing. It will make sense at the end of the story. This is a tried and true
method with small and large groups of kids, even with a ton of ADD kids. It really works.
Just have them give the picture a lot of detail. Start with the outline, go back and fill in,
color it in, etc. It is a great strategy! And it's cool to watch, too!
MR. EVAN'S CLASS PLANS A WATERMELON BASH!
"The time has come for you guys to learn your memory verses," Mr. Evan announced.
"And I know just how to do it.
"We are going to do the coolest thing we have ever done this summer. We are going
to have a huge party for the kids down at the homeless shelter. August 3rd is National
Watermelon Day and we are going to throw the biggest Wackiest Watermelon Party they
have ever seen or can even imagine."
The kids in Mr. Evan's children's church sat up straight and listened. A big bash for
the kids at the homeless shelter would be fun for them, too.
"Here is the scoop," Mr. Evan continued. "We are going to collect the most watermelons
in the world. How many watermelons do you think we can collect?"
"100!" shouted a girl in the front.
"A thousand!" yelled a boy from the back of the room.
Numbers flew around the room like rockets on the 4th of July.
"We need to be realistic," said Mr. Evan. "Here is how we are going to collect
The kids groaned. Of course there was a trick. Mr. Evan was full of tricks.
"We are going to have a memory verse-a-thon. I have chosen 5 verses that have to
do with water. You are going to get people of the church and folks in your neighborhood or
your family to make a donation of a watermelon if you can memorize all five verses. All
five, I say! Do you hear me? You go to anyone you can and see how many donations you can
get. The more watermelons, the better!"
The kids groaned even louder.
"I am tired of you guys coming in every week not knowing your verse. So this is how
it is going to be. I have sheets of paper with all five verses on it. I already have one
fabulous donation. Can you let our special guest in, please?
The back door of the children's church opened and in walked the Pastor.
"I have a big announcement for you boys and girls," said Pastor Stevens. "I am
personally going to donate one watermelon for every child that learns all five verses. How
many of you think you can learn them all?"
A few hands went in the air. Then Pastor Stevens surprised the class with this
"In addition, I am going to memorize all five verses, too. And, if I can't repeat all
five verses at the same time that you do, I am going to let Mr. Evan throw a big watermelon
pie in my face. What do you think of that?"
The kids thought that was a great idea. Pastor Stevens went back to big church and
the kids started talking all at the same time. Mr. Evan just stood back for a moment. The
announcement had done exactly what he wanted it to do. The kids were excited. The
workers handed out the papers and hung up a couple of posters announcing the contest and
showing the verses all over the room.
"We can have practice sessions for the next few weeks," Mr. Evan said. "We can do
this! I also have papers for you to use to get donations. Remember to be nice to the people
of the church. You can not all attack all of them. You'll have to go door to door in your
neighborhoods and call your aunts, uncles, and grandmas and whoever else you can think
of. Remember, they are to donate one watermelon for all five verses. You can get a hundred donations! Or a thousand! I will be checking your sheets. Don't leave it until the
end. Get going now!"
Mr. Evan started handing out the donation sheets and the kids started talking again.
Abby and Josh decided they were going to make this happen. Abby started on the girls'
side of the room and Josh started on the boys' side.
"We can surprise Mr. Evan," Abby said. "How about if all of us older girls help out
the younger ones. We can call them during the week and help them learn the verses. We
need to shock the teachers in this room and show them that we can do this."
Josh was telling the boys the same thing. They were determined that Pastor Stevens
was in for a big surprise. "I'll bet he thinks he'll only have to buy two or three watermelons.
Let's show him," said Josh. The boys all grunted in agreement.
And so the kids got to work. Unbeknownst to Mr. Evan, the kids spent some time
every day working on the verses and trying to get donations.
Two Sundays later he asked them how they were doing. Abby raised her hand.
"We are trying to work on them very hard," said Abby trying to stay low key. "How
many watermelons do you think we need?"
"I would love to show up at the party with dozens of them if we could," said Mr.
"That sounds like a good goal," said Josh.
"We also need to plan some games and stuff, don't we?" asked Abby.
"Great idea," said Mr. Evan. "Let's break into five groups and work on that now."
The kids divided up with a worker for each group and they brainstormed and had a
blast. They loved doing parties at the homeless shelter and this was going to be the best
one yet. Wait until Mr. Evan saw how many watermelons they collected. He was in for a big
The week before the party came. It was a nasty rainy summer day.
"Well, class, I guess it is a good day to work on memory verses. It is rainy and
stormy outside, so we can't go out there. Let's see how we are doing on memorizing. Are
you ready? If we get our tally this week, it will give us all week to collect watermelons and
next week will be the big Wild and Wacky Watermelon Bash! The homeless shelter has
watermelon posters hung up everywhere. Miss Linda is making watermelon cupcakes and a
big huge fruit salad in a giant watermelon basket. She is even making watermelon ice cubes.
Isn't that cool?"
The kids all thought that was cool, but they just wanted to get to the main event.
They couldn't wait for Mr. Even to see how many of them knew their verses. The older kids
had worked with the younger ones really hard. They knew they all knew the verses really
All the workers helped listen to the kids as they recited their verses. Every worker
had a clipboard so they could list the names of the kids that knew all five verses. The kids
had to bring in their donation sheets so the worker could verify that they had succeeded in
learning all five verses and sign the form. Needless to say, the workers were amazed.
When the class had finished, 72 kids had learned all 5 verses! Mr. Even was speechless
(for the first time ever).
"I think someone needs to see if Pastor Stevens can be interrupted for a minute."
One of the workers went upstairs and fortunately the choir had begun a special so Pastor
Stevens ran downstairs for a minute.
"We have some big news for you Pastor Stevens," Mr. Evan said.
"Can we tell him?" asked Abby.
"Sure," said Mr. Evan. "The kids would like to tell you how many of them knew all
"SEVENTY-TWO" shouted the class.
"Seventy-two? Are you sure?" asked Pastor Stevens. "I have to buy 72 watermelons?"
The class all laughed and roared. "Oh my, wait until I tell Mrs. Stevens! Can 72
watermelons fit in my car?"
"Uhhhmn," said Joshua. "Do you know all five verses, Pastor?"
"Oh, my! I forgot!" Pastor Stevens smiled really big then he recited all five verse
without one mistake. "Now I know you are disappointed, but how about if I do this? I'll
come and help with the party next week."
The kids thought that was a great idea.
One of the workers came up to the front and picked up a microphone. "I tallied up
the donation sheets. Guess how many watermelons the class collected all together."
"How many?" asked Pastor Stevens.
"How are we going to use 976 watermelons?" asked Mr. Evan.
"Oh, we'll think of something," said Josh. The class laughed and cheered.
The kids all started talking at one time again about the games and contests and how
to bless all the food pantries with watermelons. They were so excited and so proud of
The following week the kids at the homeless shelter were amazed at the piles and
wagon loads of watermelons. Everyone had a great time. Dozens of kids accepted Christ as
their Savior. And everyone went home full of watermelon goodies and with a watermelon in
Mr. Evan ended the day on his knees in gratitude to God from whom all blessing
flow. Even watermelon flavored blessings.
To Teacher: Don’t hesitate to ask the kids what they think of the story or how cool would
it be to do something like that. Getting them excited about giving is one of our jobs! Let
them chat about it for a few. Oh, and remember to thank your artist for their work.
Since the kids have been sitting listening to the story, let them get up and throw away
trash and clean up snack stuff. Meanwhile, if you have a puppet team doing the song today
(or a group doing it live) they can be getting ready. This will make a good transition help
them refocus on the lesson which will come after the puppet song.
If you have a puppet team, use them on your party days! It is as fun for your puppeteers
as it is for the kids. And the puppeteers can be game captains, etc.
Uncle Charlie (our favorite children’s worship leader) has a song about The Fruit of The
Spirit on His "SuperHero" cd. It only briefly mentions a watermelon, but it is a really
fun song and the kids will love it. Our puppet team loves to perform this particular song
because there are a lot of fun spots and voices. You'll love having the project if you
don't already have it. It is available on our website: www.ChildrensChurchStuff.com.
If you don’t have a puppet team, have a group of teenagers perform it live. It is a blast
if you have some theatrical folks!
John 4:13-14 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty
again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.
Jesus said he who drinks of this water, the water He gives them will never thirst.
What does that mean? It can't mean that you won't need a drink every again, can it? Who
knows how long you can go without water? (There are always science kids hanging about.)
Three days! That is it! But Jesus isn't talking about literal water or literal watermelons.
He is talking about drinking of His water - the water of His life. The life He is offering.
Let's say you show up in the desert on your sand go-kart. And as you are whipping
past the sand dunes, you see a guy that is all ragged and you can tell he is about done. He
hasn't had a drink in a couple of days. So you pull up in your really cool go-kart and whip
out a bottle of water or a big chunk of watermelon. Boy, you would be his hero, wouldn't
you? Why is that? Because you would have saved his life. He would need fluid again some
time, but he is going to live!
Jesus offers something even more dramatic than a big watermelon chunk on a hot,
dry day. He offers the water of life that will save you forever.
There is a story in the Bible I am sure you have read. It is a small little section in
Luke chapter 16:19-25. (Read the story so that you can briefly tell it here.) Lazarus had a
rough life, but when he died he went to heaven. A rich guy had an easy life and didn't care
about the things of God, and when he died he went to the place of torment and fire. All he
wanted was for Lazarus to be allowed to dip his finger in some water and give him a drop.
He needed that water more than anything. Boy was he thirsting. He hadn't drank of the
right water while he was on earth.
We cannot make that mistake. We can have a ball today at our party, we can have a
ball every day. But when things count, when we are choosing where our life comes from, we
better make the right decisions based on eternal life. We need to accept the water of life
that Jesus is offering. Have you done that, boys and girls? You can eat all the watermelon
you stomach can hold and it will not take you into heaven when you die. Jesus said in
Matthew chapter 5, verse 6 "Blessed are those that hunger and thirst after righteousness
for they will be satisfied." Jesus will satisfy you for eternity. That is a promise.
Needed: one watermelon and a knife to cut it open. Or you could use a big wedge already
cut if you like.
This watermelon tells a story for us, boys and girls. Here, let me show you: Starting
way on the inside there are seeds spread throughout the melon. Let's let the seeds represent
sin. That's not a good thing, is it? But we all are born with sin in our heart. Do you
know how we can get the sin out of our life? (Let a few kids answer.) There is only one way
- through the blood of Jesus. Look at the red flesh in this melon. Let's let it represent the
blood of Jesus. Jesus blood was shed on the cross so we could receive forgiveness for our
sin. That is the only way for us to be cleansed from our sin. Look at this white stripe here
(show the melon piece). That white represents the purity that comes from being cleansed
by the blood of Jesus. That only happens if we accept the forgiveness Jesus' blood
purchased for us. Then you know what happens after that? Eternal life! That is what the
green represents. Eternal life. Life that goes on forever and ever, even after we aren't
alive on this earth any longer! That is worth a big old cheer!!!
Now every time you eat watermelon you can tell the story of Jesus' gift of forgiveness
and eternal life to everyone enjoying the big old melon with you.
How about making homemade play dough with the kids. If you think is will sound too
childish for your class, call is molding clay. Kids like to mold stuff. To make it extra
special, use watermelon flavored Kool-aid as an add-in and then you have watermelon
scented play dough. You can let them knead the dough in sandwich size zip-loc baggies.
Have them work in groups of three and make the three main colors to go along with today's
message: red, green, and white. They can make some seedless watermelon wedges. Seedless
watermelons would be without the sin seeds!! Let everyone bring home a watermelon wedge
of their own. We have included the play dough recipe on the next page to help you out!
You will need:
· 1/2 cup salt
· 1 cup flour
· 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
· 1 tablespoon oil
· 1 cup water
· watermelon flavored Kool-Aid
. food coloring
What to do:
Combine ingredients (except Kool-aid) in a saucepan. Heat gently, stirring all the
time. When the dough has a good consistency, take it off the heat and allow to
cool slightly. Mix in Kool-aid after it cools slightly, this keeps the scent alive
longer. Separate dough into parts for different colors. Place each part in a
separate ziploc bag, add a few drops of color and massage until desired tone. You
can do the drops of coloring when you get to class so the kids can do the massaging
and see the color come to life.
Hand out prizes:
- Start with the visitors. Give them a prize and thank them for coming and invite
them to come back.
- Give out prizes to all who knew the verses for this party. Tell them again what a
great job they did!
- Then pull down the snack bags and hand them out for the kids to take home.
**I have a preschool adaptation available as well, if anyone is interested.**
Happy Summer, Blessings!!! :)