This song is an old favourite and holds limitless scope for creating extra whacky verses! Each verse has the same opening:
Down by the bay, where the watermelons grow,
Back to my home, I dare not go.
For if I do, my mother will say:
Did you ever see a…
The last line is followed by a comical pair of words that rhyme. Make a list of animals and then think up words which rhyme with those animals and try putting them together in amusing sentences. Remember the sillier the better! Here are some to start you off; llamas/ (wearing) pyjamas, a goat/ (steering a) boat, cat/ (dressed in a) hat etc.
Sing along and read this version, sung by Raffi which is accompanied by the book (illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott). If you can, print these rhyming cards (or make your own) and play a matching game. There are pictures to colour in too.
Art and design technology
Use balloons and papier-mâché to create your own 3D watermelon. If you are celebrating something at home, it could even become a piñata filled with goodies. Tutorials are available online.
Introduce the maths concept of fractions with hand drawn images of watermelons that can be pieced together. Include 1 whole and its divided parts: 2 halves and 4 quarters.