Wednesday, June 23, 2010

A Rainy Day Craft....

I wanted to share a craft that I taught to a group of little kids last week. Portland has been having an incredibly rainy spring/summer and I though we would just go ahead and celebrate it with a rainy craft.
I have seen a bazillion crafts that can be made from paper plates and I have promised myself(for the sake of not being too predictable) not to use them every week, but then I came up with this little umbrella idea and just had to try it out.

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Here is what you need: paper plates,blue and brown construction paper,blue or gray yarn,glue,scissors and tape.

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Cut the paper plate in half and decorate it with paint,markers or stickers. After it is decorated cut a handle shape out of brown construction paper and glue to the back of your umbrella.

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Fold a long 1 inch thick strip of blue construction paper like an accordion. Draw a raindrop shape at one end and cut (this just saves time cutting out individual rain drops).

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Cut the yarn into short varying lengths about 4-6 inches long. Glue two raindrops together with the piece of yarn in between. Make as many drops per string as you like, 1-3 work best.
Then tape the yarn to the back top edge of the umbrella and... ta da, your done. It looks kinda cute hung up in a window too!

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Mama Gone Green said...

This is super cute. Maybe I will try and do that one with finn when the rains come again. For now I am enjoying this sun!!

Cindy deRosier said...

I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your umbrella project! You can see it here:

If you have other kid friendly crafts, we'd love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

Danielle said...

I used this craft with my kindergarten students but incorporated math into it but just using 2 strings, one on each side of umbrella handle and then giving each student a different number of raindrops. They had to glue raindrops on each string and then write the addition sentence on the umbrella :) it was a big hit!

Anonymous said...

This is a really cute craft. There are so many things to make out of paper plates but when it's creative I don't see anything wrong with using them over and over again for different creative ideas! I especially loved the idea of placing it on a window on a rainy day. It helps children understand weather concepts.

Susan Morrow said...

Days Out With Kids is a site for all parents on the hunt for fun things to do with the kids!It is very artistic things which will help to enhance the mind of the child.Great work

Lewis Clark said...

Great stuff thanks for sharing this information.

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