Alphabet Wall: Making..U is for Umbrella
A thoroughly messy but also thoroughly enjoyable affair, best conducted in the bathroom where the paint splatter and splotches can be showered down immediately! 😀
You will need: Various scraps of paper in different patterns and/or colours, scissors, glue, an artblock sheet, light blue paint, palette/dish, old toothbrush.
Cut out umbrella shapes from different pieces of paper. If you have different textures as well as different colours or patterns, all the merrier! Cut out enough U shapes from a solid colour paper, to match the number of umbrella shapes. [I snipped a little off the top from the left hand side of the U, just so it would look more like an umbrella handle. How to tell the difference between these and a J if she should ask later on? Hmm, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, heh! 😉
Let your child glue on the U’s on the artblock sheet in any fashion he/she likes, and then glue on the umbrella shapes afterward. If you look closely at the top centre section, you’ll see a little squiggle of crayon. DD always likes to do some crayon work on her art. While she did that, I mixed up the paint in the dish. When she saw the paint, crayons were off and paintbrushes became her next favourite thing. 🙂
Dip the toothbrush in the paint, and use the other end of the paintbrush to run against the toothbrush to create a splatter effect on the umbrellas. I hadn’t yet mentioned it but DD exclaimed, “Like raindrops!” Cool. Achieved the effect and the lesson objective I wanted! 😎
After that she couldn’t resist using the paintbrush to dab the paint directly on, so I let her have fun while I cleaned up. All done!