Posted by: ad65shorty | March 30, 2009

Umbrella Art

You gotta love the crazy weather that comes in spring! One day it’s in the 70s, and the next, there’s snow on the ground. This week, I’ll be focusing on “rainy day” activities for those days when you just can’t get outside but your kids are having spring fever.


Make an umbrella! This is a very simple, open-ended project.*


construction paper


crayons or markers

any other art supplies you have on-hand!


1.  Cut an umbrella shape from construction paper (you can make an easy one by cutting a circle in half).

2.  Attach a paper handle.

3.  Allow your children to decorate it anyway they want!


*I like open-ended projects because they allow children to be creative in their own way without having a right or a wrong way or having a specific outcome at the end. Plus, most children don’t get frustrated when projects are open-ended because they can create at their own pace and in their own way. Think “process not product.” There are SO many skills they learn through the process itself.

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