Friday, April 30, 2010

Letter U - Umbrella and Universe with Coffee Filters (and the Earth)


This was a tough week....letter U...Umbrella, Under, Underwear, Unicorn, Universe....
I had an idea of making some umbrellas but my daughter preferred the Universe....until I told her that in order to make the umbrellas, we had to make it rain....hum, that's mysterious??? How???
Here's how:
First you need this template (download it by clicking on the image)

Then you need:
  • Coffee Filters
  • Water
  • Scissors and Glue
  • Markers


Print the template and cut the umbrellas. Don't color them.

Color the coffee filter with markers. Just scribble scrabble...
These are the ones we made. (the blue one is for the Universe activity. You also need a green one if you want to make the Earth activity...)
Put the umbrellas on a surface and put on top the colored coffee filter....
She had so much fun!
Wait until it dries and look at your umbrellas they are colored!

Since I was trying new techniques, we used food coloring to paint the background. You just need one drop and some water! I am definitely using this technique again!
With regular paint and a Q-tip, we made some rain drops...oh, and the clouds are made of cotton balls
We need the umbrellas with this rain!
Done! U is for Umbrella!


Put the blue coffee filter on a blank paper (this one had a little blue on the background since I was trying the food coloring paint) and let it rain!
Wait until it is dry. We used this coloring page of the planets (kaboose website) and my daughter used watercolors to color them. She cut them out and glued them...this is our Universe

The Earth

I know this has nothing to do with the letter U, but it is still Earth Day Month, and we have to recycle, so instead of trowing the colored coffee filters away, we made a nice craft with it.
I don't have a picture of the green coffee filter but you do the same...just scribble scrabble a little bit green and make it wet. After it is dry, you cut it in little pieces and glue it on the blue one, making the continents. Here is the Earth. It is so easy to do, and you see the different blues and greens, just like in our real World!

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