Watermelon is the iconic fruit associated with summer. With the help of a package of Kool-Aid, I created, scratch-and-sniff, watermelon SWAPS.
- Red construction paper
- Green construction paper
- 1 inch circle punch
- 1.5 inch circle punch
- 1 package of watermelon flavored drink mix (such as Kool-aid)
- Glue (either a glue stick or white school glue – your choice)
- Fine tip black marker
- Cooling rack (from your kitchen)
Step 1: cut one, red 1 inch circle for each SWAP.
Step 2: cut one, green 1.5 inch circle for every 2 SWAPS. (If you are making 50 SWAPS, you will need 25 green circles.)
Step 3: Mix the drink mix with 1/2 cup of water (no sugar) in a small bowl. Dip each red circle into the mixture and place on the cooling rack to dry. This step should be repeated multiple times, allowing the paper circles to dry after each coat. You can reuse the un-used portion of drink mix / water mixture. The more times you dip them the stronger the smell will be.
Step 4: Glue 1 red circle to each side of the larger green circles. Then cut in half. You will end up with 2 SWAPS. Each half circle is the same on the front as it is on the back. By gluing them before you cut them, there is no worry about the pieces lining up exactly. And the slight variance is hardly noticeable.
Step 5: Using a black marker, draw seeds on the watermelon slice and add a safety pin along with a tag that includes your name, troop number, and event. Store in a sealed plastic bag until ready to SWAP.