23
Apr

Umbrella Painting

In keeping with the theme of Spring I did an Umbrella Painting project with Hailey yesterday.

What you’ll need:

  • -paper plate cut in the shape of an umbrella
  • -card stock in the shape of a J for the handle
  • -finger paint
  • -smock
  • -a place set up to put the project to dry when you’re done

 

 

Let’s get started!

Hailey had never finger painted before, so she was a little unsure of touching it at first.

Soon she was enjoying herself.

Finally she really got into it and got both hands covered in paint.

While Hailey was painting I kept a little dialog going with her.  I started out with some simple questions like, “What are we making,” “What color is this” etc.  And then I moved on to some more open ended questions.  Open ended questions are important because they enhance your child’s language.  Rather than a simple answer they have to think about their response.  Some good open ended questions to ask might include “What does it feel like,” “Why do you think the red and yellow turned orange” and ”What do you see.”  With a toddler you aren’t going to expect complex answers but you are still helping to expand their vocabulary and thinking skills.

Hanging the pieces up to dry.

The finished umbrella.

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One comment on “Umbrella Painting

  1. Nicole on said:

    Ugh. Finger painting is so cool, but the few times I’ve done it with the kids I’ve been overwhelmed!

    But the umbrella is cute and reminds me of the project that came home from preschool with my 3 year old. They traced her hands on yellow paper then attached that to a yellow bowling ball shape and put an umbrella in it’s hand. Ended up being an adorable duck holding an umbrella… with my daughters hand prints immortalized!

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