Saturday, August 27, 2011

(Watermelon) Shark Attack! AKA: Why Nannying is SO much fun!




This is the first of the Adventures in Nannying series! Every once and a while you'll get to take a look at all of the fun things I get to do with the kids I work with. I know, you're so excited! 





...in a nice, German city.
The children were all stuck indoors- 
what a pity.

For the rain beat down hard 
and the thunder cracked loudly, 
"Crafts! I can do crafts." said the youngest girl, 
proudly. 

So they looked through their craft things,
while it was still raining.
They looked for a craft 
that would prove entertaining.


And what did they find?
Not anything formal.
These children were creative
and not at all normal.


"Let's use the watermelon!" The boy said, 
with some snark.
I'm sure if we try, 
we could make it a shark! 





disclaimer: This was not our watermelon shark. I found this picture in Google images. I am unfortunately not very crafty and our watermelon was about half the size, so our shark was not nearly as cool. Ah well! 

Still, the moment you've all been waiting for!

(Watermelon) Shark Attack: A Tutorial! 

Necessary Items:


  • 1 large watermelon. Large is a keyword here. Germany doesn't really have big watermelons and it seriously cramped our style. Try to get one with as much of an oval shape as you can find. 
  • Blue Jello. (We used green, because the kids like the taste of green jello more. Blue would look a lot cooler, though.)
  • 1 bag of Swedish Fish
  • 2 blueberries (for the eyes!) 
  • Large plate/tray/pizza pan.
  • Blue markers
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Toothpicks



Step One: 

Prepare your Jell-O, following the directions on the box. I would recommend Jell-O Jigglers, so that the Jello retains it's shape when it is cut into cubes later. 

Step Two: 

Riley having fun!

Wrap the pizza pan/tray in aluminum foil and have the kids color it with blue markers. Then cover their coloring creation with plastic wrap to protect the color. 

Step 3: 



Cut the watermelon at a slight angle, and then stand it up on the flat end. In the end it will resemble a shark head coming out of water! 

Step 4: 


With a large knife, cut out a wedge that will be your shark's mouth!
Looking back, we did this all wrong. The wedge should have been further down the side at more of an angle, so that the bottom jaw of the shark's mouth was horizontal. That would have worked much better.


Everything is a learning experience!


Step 5:



With a small knife, "skin" the watermelon, removing the green part about 1 to 1.5 inches away from the shark's mouth. This is a terrible picture and I was doing a terrible job. You'll be able to see what I meant in later pictures. Sorry!

Step 6: 





Scoop out "All the yucky insides" (Marin's explanation)  until you can see straight through! We used a melon ball tool, a spoon works just as well.

Step 7: 





Using a small knife cut "Zig Zags" into the watermelon to make teeth! 





Marin bein' cute. 


Step 8:




Fill the sharks mouth with the watermelon chunks you'd previously removed and add some extra fruit if you'd like. Surround the shark head with chunks of Jello and Swedish fish.  Use blueberries for eyes, stick them into the shark's head with toothpicks!



Our shark was pretty gimpy, I will not lie. But the kids were proud of our gimpy, baby shark nonetheless. We had a lot of fun!

What do you like to do to make food fun for kids?? 




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5 comments:

withoutizy said...

This is so cute, I love it! As you know I'm going to be Au Pairing for two boys and I've never done anything like this before, so tips and tricks are greatly appreciated (if you want to email me some, even better :P clbberry@gmail.com)

Thank you! and keep it up, please xx

conceptionquestions said...

"My" babies are all too young for this (and most definitely too young for Swedish fish!) but creative ice pops are most definitely awesome, especially if you've got a big sibling and baby sibling who is teething. They can measure and pour starting really young, and it teaches patience, food prep, math, all sorts of awesomeness. My favorite recipe so far is yogurt + already frozen berries. Get that protein and calcium in them, keep them cool on a hot day *and* soothe a teething baby. No measuring required, there... I have read about such things as pops made from steamed and mashed fruits + veggies. Check out my friend's review of one book, Ice Pop Joy! that details recipes for these magical creations. http://mondaynightmenus.blogspot.com/2011/08/ice-pop-joy.html

Autumn said...

I love this! The example is so cute! Mine would probably not look anything like that haha.

Emma Frances said...

This is AWESOME! I can't wait to try making one of these. :] P.S. How did you go about getting a nannying job in Europe?!

Daryl said...

@ Izy - I'll start making note of tips I think are handy as I learn them, and when I've got a short list together I'll either make a post about it or send you an email!

@Anne-Marie -

This is the coolest. things. ever. Even older kids would love this! The kids I work with LOVE popsicles, but they're the premade kind and loaded with corn syrup and food dye. I can't wait to introduce them to this!

@ Autumn - it's all about trial and error, haha! If I had to do it again I know it would turn out MUCH better.

@ Emma - this is the second nannying job I had in Europe. The first I had last year. I found both online through websites like newaupair.com and greataupair.com

Cheers!

Daryl

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