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Inspired by Summer: Wild about Watermelon

Whenever I think back on my childhood summers, I always picture my dad.  He's sitting on steps (sometimes on our back porch in Alabama, sometimes on our stoop in Weierhof) eating watermelon and spitting out the seeds.  As a kid, I wasn't a big fan of watermelon (I'm a cantaloupe girl), but I loved watching my dad eat the summer treat.  I hope you'll use some of these ideas to make lasting memories in your own family!

1. Eat Your Thirst Away!
The high water and electrolyte content of watermelons make them ideal as a refreshing summer thirst quenchers. They keeps us hydrated, our skin fresh, and can clean the kidneys of toxins.  Here are some ways you can enjoy this perfect summer snack.  You can simply slice it up or make an elaborate sculpture.  You can pair it with feta , avocado, or coconut.  You can throw it on the grill or in the blender.  You can mix it with lemonade or Gatorade.  You can even turn it into dessert -- cupcakes, krispie treats, and popsicles!

2. Any Way You Slice It!
Let watermelon inspire your creative side!  You can make an adorable fan using a paper plate.  You can build up your finger muscles as you rip up a torn paper watermelon.  You can grab some popsicle sticks and yarn and weave a watermelon-inspired God's Eye. Or you can turn a potato into a stamper for watermelon wrapping paper.

3. Gallagher Style!
Gallagher was an American comedian known for smashing watermelons with a mallet on stage.  If you like your watermelon to be just as messy, try one of these ideas!  Make watermelon slime or moon sand.  Play in a watermelon sensory bin or enjoy watermelon soap foam fun.  You can even erupt a watermelon volcano! And don't forget the time-honored tradition of seed spitting!

4. One in a Melon Facts
Did you know that watermelons are both a fruit and a vegetable?  They are related to pumpkins, cucumbers and squash and are the official state vegetable of Oklahoma.
Did you know that the scientific name for a watermelon is Citrullus Lanatus?  There are 1200 varieties of watermelon, and China is the leading producer.
Did you know that watermelons are 92% water?  Early explorers used watermelons as canteens. 
Did you know that you can eat the entire watermelon, including rinds and seeds?  Ancient Egyptians left watermelon with their dead to nourish them as they journeyed through the underworld.
Did you know that author Mark Twain loved watermelon? He called it the food of angels.

5. Juicy Reads
Books about watermelons are just as refreshing as the fruit/vegetable!  These books are One in a Melon and would look great on your summer reading list!

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