Raindrop Plop: Make an Umbrella

My favorite activities are inspired by books. Reading opens the imagination, and incorporating an activity into your story time truly brings books to life.

This book activity is perfect for a weather theme, or just to brighten a dreary, rainy day. It supports both literacy and counting skills. It’s a lot of fun, includes a number of learning opportunities, and ends with a fun umbrella to take home!

Make an Umbrella activity for preschool
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This activity is based on the book Raindrop, Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lawson, illustrated by Pam Paparone. Raindrop, Plop! follows a young girl as she navigates through a rainy day, counting raindrops along the way. When the rain gets to be too much, she goes home and counts down until the sun returns. Raindrop, Plop! is perfect for preschool both for a weather theme and for counting to 10 (and back down again).

make an umbrella weather book activity

We decided to make a fun umbrella to go along with our reading of Raindrop, Plop! This activity incorporates a number of motor skills including cutting (for older kids), gluing, coloring, and using stickers.

To make your Raindrop, Plop! Umbrella, you’ll need:

  • Copy of Raindrop, Plop!
  • Paper Plate
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Crayons, Markers, or Paint
  • Rain Drop Shaped Stickers

Umbrella weather activity supplies

First, cut the paper plate in half. This will be the top of each umbrella. Cut a “J” shape out of the cardstock for the handle. I did this part in advance for my just turned 3-year-olds, but older kids could cut the plates and paper themselves.

Invite the children use the glue stick to adhere the handle to the bottom underside of the plate. You can reinforce it with tape if you don’t have time to let it dry before moving on to the next step.

weather book activity make umbrella

Next, invite the children to decorate their umbrellas. We used crayons, but you can do this with markers or paint if you prefer. (Keep in mind that paint will need additional drying time)

coloring umbrella weather activity

Now that the umbrellas are decorated, it’s time to add raindrop stickers! This is a great time to re-read the book and add raindrops as you count along with the story.

rain drop stickers on umbrella

I love using stickers for projects to work on fine motor skills – peeling and sticking is wonderful practice for little fingers (plus kids love them!)

stickers on umbrella weather book activity

Once you’ve added all your raindrops your umbrella is complete!

make umbrella weather activity

We made our umbrellas on a very rainy day, and it was a wonderful way to enjoy a book, talk about the weather, and use a number of skills to complete our umbrellas. I hope you enjoy it, too!

BIO: Laura is a mom to twin boys and the author of Sunny Day Family, where she shares fun activities, home organizing tips, and easy recipes. Connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

More ideas for a Weather Theme—
Earth Science Books for Preschool
Snow Play Dough

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Making Patterns with Spiders

Making patterns with spiders is a fun and effective way to teach patterning to preschoolers. It adds an element of excitement to this hands-on math activity!

making patterns with spiders for preschool
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I am always looking for fun things I can use as manipulatives for learning activities, so when I found spider rings in the dollar store I knew they would be perfect for a fun math activity.

While participating in this activity, children can explore what patterns are, how to complete a pattern, and how to make patterns of their own. The patterns can be as simple or complex as you would like and can be tailored to the specific needs of each child.

making patterns with spiders math activity

Setting Up the Activity

Supplies Needed:

Cut a strip of the tape off and stick it to your learning surface. It peels off easily and leaves no residue. It can even be repositioned several times. (*Test your surface area first.)

Lay out all of the spider rings next to the tape.

Start your first pattern by drawing circles on the strip of tape.

copying patterns with spiders

Making Patterns with Spiders

I started by drawing a simple AB pattern on the tape strip and repeated it several times. Then I invited my son to match the spiders up to the pattern.

After matching the spiders to several different patterns I created, I then started a pattern on the strip and asked him to repeat it several more times.

spider patterning

Eventually, he requested to use the dry erase markers to make his own pattern on the strip. I thought this was a great idea and let him do so. He decided on the colors and pattern he wanted to use and then drew it on the strip. He matched the spiders to his pattern and then repeated it a couple more times with the spiders.

creating patterns with spiders

The dry erase tape and markers added some extra excitement to this activity. My son really enjoyed erasing the patterns and making new ones. I think adding a few strips of the tape and dry erase markers to a math center would be an excellent invitation to for students to create and explore patterns of their own!

Danielle HeadshotBIO: Danielle is a former elementary teacher, a mom of two, and now shares learning activities at Mom Inspired Life. Check out her huge list of alphabet activities and make sure you subscribe to her newsletter to receive activities straight to your inbox! You can also follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram.

Here are a few other spider-themed activities—
Fine Motor Spider Web Activity
Spider and Halloween Activities
Itsy Bitsy Spider

Follow my Spiders Pinterest Board for more great ideas!

Classroom Recipes: Slow Cooker Applesauce

A favorite fall tradition in many preschool and kindergarten classrooms is making applesauce.

Today I’m going to share with you a super easy and healthy recipe for homemade applesauce you can make in a slow cooker in your classroom!

Classroom Recipes: Slow Cooker Applesauce
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Supplies to Gather

I am not known for my great cooking skills, but there is one thing I do know how to do in the kitchen and that is use a slow cooker. I love using the slow cooker because it makes cooking so much easier.

Here are the supplies you will need to gather in advance to make your own applesauce:

Apple Slicer

Applesauce Ingredients

One of the best things about this recipe is that it only has 4 ingredients- I told you it was easy!

  • 14 of your favorite apples. Mix up the varieties to get a unique taste, some suggestions are Honey Crisp, Golden Delicious, and Gala
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Feel free to adjust the amounts of cinnamon and nutmeg to taste. You can also adjust the number of apples and ingredients used if you have a larger, or smaller class.

As always, you should be aware of any food allergies in your classroom and adjust the recipe as necessary to accommodate these individual needs.

This recipe makes enough for a class of approximately 20 students.

Sliced Apples for Applesauce

Applesauce Prep

  • Wash apples thoroughly
  • Peel and core apples
  • Cut apples into small chunks

Adults can peel, core, and chop the apples. Most kids prefer their applesauce without the skin because it makes the texture chunky, but the choice is yours to leave the skin on your apples or peel them.

Kids can help with washing the apples and putting the cut and peeled apple chunks into the slow cooker.

They can also help sprinkle the cinnamon and nutmeg in the pot and stir.

Applesauce Cooking Directions

Put the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg into your large slow cooker and mix with a spoon.

Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Keep the slow cooker in a safe location where the children won’t be able to reach it.

When the applesauce is done cooking, blend the mixture right inside the slow cooker with a handheld blender.

When cool, serve in small cups or bowls and enjoy!

Kids can also help carefully serve the applesauce to themselves or others.

More Apple Resources
Books About Apples
Apple Gross Motor Activity
Printable Apple Counting Book
Apple Science Experiment
Dramatic Play Apple Activities

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