Crafting for Rain: Umbrellas and Snow Globes, Nov 14, 2011
In Israel, starting after Sukkot, we begin asking for rain in our daily prayers. In this part of the world, rain is crucial for our survival and we sorely need it. Teaching your kids about the many ways to save water at home, like short showers and turning water off while brushing, is so important. One of the ways you can start the conversation about water is through these crafts. The first one is perfect for little kids (age 1-3)
The Candy Umbrella:
Here we drew the top of the umbrella and my daughter colored it in. We added the phrase "Give us water for a blessing", which is the prayer we say for rain.
Next, we added this candy stick to the bottom. You don't have to add the candy part, it's optional. Use a popsicle stick instead!
On the umbrella below, my older daughter added stickers and more colors. Here the phrase was the one we add on the last day of Sukkot "Bring back the wind and the rain" (loosely translated). She used a popsicle stick and colored that too. You can glue the stick on or you can staple it.
This activity is fun and it takes about 15 minutes to complete. I know that we're learning about saving water and this activity involves using water, but even if you make 1 for all the kids to share, they'll have fun shaking it up and learning about taking turns.
1) Plastic bottle, label removed
3) Silver or blue glitter
4) a bit of oil, optional
6) paper cut in the shape of an umbrella and decorated as you wish.
Just fill the bottle almost to the top, put in a lot of colored glitter, add some oil (optional- I prefer no oil). Seal top very well with glue and even cover the seal with felt if you can.
Decorate umbrella and write your message on it. Glue or tape umbrella on the bottle.
Voila! Shake, play, and enjoy!
We do this project just about this time every year and it's perfect for taking for show-and-tell.
Avital Cohen is the creator of Israelkids and in her 'spare' time, enjoys watching her children create masterpieces. She loves putting materials in front of them and watching them go. She, however, does not enjoy cleaning up afterwards. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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