Umbrellas come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Many people have at least one on hand, including children. Even if they don't own a real one, children can have fun with crafts centred around umbrellas. Their crafts may not always be functional, but children will probably enjoy making them just the same.
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If you're having a hard time finding an umbrella to suit their tastes, your children may enjoy making their own. Provide paintbrushes and sponge shapes, along with fabric paint or acrylic paint. Pour some paint onto a paper plate and let the children paint and sponge-print designs onto a nylon children's umbrella. If needed, add a fixative or iron the umbrella after painting (depending on the manufacturer's instructions). Let the paint dry completely by leaving the umbrella open overnight.
Rainy Day Collage
This three-dimensional craft is simple enough for very young children to do. Make rain drops by breaking off the cotton ends of several cotton swabs. Place a small amount of water and blue food colouring in a bowl, then dip the cotton swabs into this mixture to dye them blue. Set aside and allow them to dry either overnight or in the microwave for five to six minutes. Draw an umbrella shape (excluding the handle) on a piece of construction paper, cut it out and glue to another piece of construction paper. Curl the end of a six-inch pipe cleaner to form a J-shape, then glue to the paper as the umbrella's handle. Glue on the raindrops to complete this craft.
Raindrops on My Umbrella
This umbrella and raindrop mobile uses many colours and makes a nice tabletop display. Tear (or cut) out four umbrella shapes with handles from white construction paper. Children can decorate the umbrella pieces with markers, paint or crayons. Attach a paper towel roll to the centre of a six-inch-by-six-inch piece of cardboard (an empty cereal box will suffice) so that the paper towel roll is standing upright. Tear or cut out a cloud and decorate it, then glue it to the top of the paper towel roll (just lay it flat on top and glue in place). Tape your umbrellas to the cloud so that they're hanging, as with any mobile. Glue rhinestones to your cloud and umbrella for raindrops.
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