We've read several books about the rain this Spring - some of our favorites were Listen to the Rain and The Rain Stomper.
This was the perfect craft to go along with our "April Showers" theme. First, I cut the plates in 1/2 and then cut the points along the edge. I did this free hand and it isn't perfect, but it doesn't have to be!
Pre-Cut Tissue Paper Squares, which makes crafts like these super simple. Each student got 3 colors of tissue paper and went to town crumpling them up. This was the tricky part - having to separate the squares to work with just one at a time, crumpling them not too much and not too little - great fine motor practice!
Once the umbrellas were dry, each child picked out a pipe cleaner handle and I attached it with hot glue. I took their full length pictures with my phone - I just positioned them in front of a blank wall and told them to pretend they were holding an umbrella. Then I removed the background of the pictures (see this tutorial for an easy way to do this!) and printed the pictures on cardstock.
The kids were so excited to point themselves out to their parents as they were being dropped off this morning. Using their pictures makes the board extra special!