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(Just for the record, they came up with this pose on their own. I just asked them to get near the watermelon!)
My friend made a water melon bowl for a BBQ last week and all the children there were fascinated....and I think my two ate more than anyone else, so I thought it would be fun for us to recreate it. Again, my kids were still very fascinated with it and ended up being great helpers! Fun, cheap, easy and yummy...what is not to love about it!
What You Need:
Watermelon - about the size of a Volleyball/Basketball
1 - large enough to support watermelon while in the fridge
1 - to hold all the watermelon once it is scooped out
1- to mix the Jello in
Melon scooper, ice cream scooper or large spoons
Jello of choice - 2 large boxes
Knife (the larger, the easier)
Send your kids away while you cut off the top of the watermelon! My little helpers hands were all over the place, so I sent them to go tickle their dad!
Scoop out the watermelon guts using a melon scooper. We don't have one, but discovered an ice cream scooper works well as long as I didn't care if the watermelon fruit did not looked pretty coming out. =D
You now have your Watermelon Bowl.
Get fancy and cut a V-design on the edge of the watermelon to fix the "it's a plain watermelon" look.
Place Watermelon Bowl inside of a large bowl to give it support while it is setting in the fridge.
Boil water for Jello and follow Jello instructions and mix up in a separate bowl. Using ice for a 1/2 cup or so of the cold water helped cool off the water quickly, so it was not too hot before adding it to the Watermelon Bowl.
Add Jello to Watermelon Bowl. Cover and let it set in the fridge. If you want to add fruit to the Jello, wait about 1 hour to an 1.5 hours then add the fruit. I was surprised at how fast the Jello set even though it seemed like it was pretty deep. It was finished chilling 5 hours after putting it in the fridge!
My kids were so excited about eating from this bowl that they went down for naps with no fights because they were told they could have it if only they took a nap! They also tell everyone that comes over about their creation. It was a lot of fun and really easy to make!