Since the month of April is well known for it's showers, I helped my son make a Handprint Umbrella Water Color Resist Art Project.
I started by I tracing my son's little hand in a closed position. Using a ruler, I drew straight lines to represent the folds in the umbrella. I also drew in a handle.
I colored in the umbrella with colored pencils (or have older kids do this part themselves). You could also use crayons, but in the past I have noticed that it doesn't turn out as well. I made our umbrella all different colors, of course all one color would look great too!
Now comes the fun part! I gave my son watered-down paint (or use watercolors) to paint blue "rain" all over his picture. The colored pencils resist the water making the handprint umbrella like an umbrella in real life.
After my son finished painting the picture, I used a bunched up paper towel to soak up the excess water. We also added fingerprint raindrops (see 1st photo).
My little guy calls it his rainy day picture.
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