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Monkey tape seeds

Measure how far the seeds went using the measuring tape.

This was in Texas, but I bet you would have more luck finding a seeded watermelon at a farmer’s market.

Take turns trying to spit the seeds as far as you can.

Now that summertime is practically here, all we want to do is eat watermelon and swim. However, we still have a week or so of school left, so we can’t toss in the towel yet!

Watermelon Math Game Supplies

Here are some ideas for turning your watermelon seed spitting game into a full STEM activity.

Make a start line on the sidewalk where the kids will stand to spit the seeds. Have the kids do a practice spit to see how far they can spit the seeds without trying too hard.

You don’t have to stay cooped up inside the last few weeks of school. The watermelon speed spitting game is the perfect hands-on math activity to try when your kids are board of indoor learning.

Watermelon Seed Spitting Measurement Game

Measure the distance of each “pace” seed and mark it with sidewalk chalk. Our first “pace” seed traveled about 100 inches.

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Primates are important seed dispersers in tropical forests, but they are being lost due to forest fragmentation. We compared post-dispersal seed fate and seedling density for the tree Dialium guianense , in forest fragments in which its main seed disperser, the mantled howler monkey ( Alouatta palliata ) is present, and in fragments in which it is absent. We also carried out a germination experiment to assess gut-passage effect. Seeds extracted from fruits had very low germination (2%) compared with defecated seeds (70%). Seeds in monkey faeces had a lower probability of being attacked by predators, but a higher probability of being attacked by fungus, when compared with seeds inside fruits. Seed fate was similar in fragments with vs. without monkeys, and in sites under parent trees vs. under monkey sleeping sites. Seedling density was highest under sleeping sites in fragments with monkeys, followed by sites under parent trees in fragments with monkeys, and it was lowest in uninhabited fragments, regardless of deposition site. Our study adds to an increasing line of evidence suggesting that loss of frugivores can have strong consequences for plant recruitment.