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Umbrella Theme and Activities

March is National Umbrella Month and you know about April Showers. Spring is a wonderful time of year to have an umbrella theme.

Rainbow Songs and Fingerplays

New Umbrella (Tune: I'm A Little Teapot)
Here's my new umbrella,
Wide and high.
It keeps me cozy, warm and dry.
If the rain starts falling from the sky,
Just open me up and you'll stay dry

Rain on my Umbrella (Tune: Frere Jacques)
Drip, drip, drop, drop,
Drip, drip, drop, drop.
Drip, drip, drop,
Drip, drip, drop.
Rain on my umbrella,
Rain on my umbrella,
Never stops.
Drip, drip, drop.

Under my Umbrella
Under my umbrella, I am dry. (Make umbrella shape with hands)
When it's raining, my oh my. (Wiggle fingers like rain)
I wait until the raindrops stop. (Clap hands on stop)
Now no umbrella on my top! (Hold up Hands)

Umbrella Art

Paper Plate Umbrellas
Cut paper plates in half and allow children to color, paint, and/or decorate one half. Tape a bendy straw for the handle.

Shiny Umbrella
Pour condensed milk into sections of an ice cube tray or muffin tin, add food coloring to each section and mix. Have children use a paintbrush to paint a paper umbrella different colors. When it dries, it will be shiny and smooth like a wet umbrella.

Coffee Filter Umbrellas
Let children use watercolors and paint coffee filters (the paint will bleed through to the opposite side). When dry, fold into an umbrella shape and slide a pipe cleaner through the top for the handle.

Umbrella Math and Science

Umbrella Math
Laminate paper umbrellas with a different number on each one. Have children place the correct number of blue pompoms on the umbrella for raindops.

Umbrella Sorting
Ask each child to bring in an umbrella. Have children sort the umbrellas by color, size, type of umbrella, etc. They can also line up the umbrellas from smallest to biggest.

Umbrella Works
Take an umbrella outside and prop it up so that it is fairly sturdy. Show children how rain rolls off of an umbrella by using a watering can to pour 'rain' on the umbrella.

Umbrella Movement Activities

Umbrella Up, Umbrella Down
Play a version of Red Light, Green Light. Use a real umbrella to get the children to stop and go. Umbrella Up means go and Umbrella Down means stop.

Umbrella Bean Bag Toss
Place an open umbrella upside down and have kids toss beanbags into it. See how far back they can stand and get the beanbags in the umbrella.

Umbrella Snacks

Umbrella Apple
Click Here for instructions to make an umbrella apple.

Umbrella Cookies
Make Umbrella Cookies.

Create an edible umbrella
Set out apple slices, banana slices, chocolate chips, miniature marshmallows, and cheese sticks for the children and have the children try to use the snack materials to make an umbrella.

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