April Showers Art Project

April showers art project by Keeping Life Creative

April means rain and we’ve been learning all about the water cycle, rain, and thunderstorms, so this was a fun spring-themed project.

You’ll Need . . .

  • 8.5 x 11 white or gray card stock
  • scraps of patterned paper
  • strip of brown card stock
  • glue stick or white liquid glue
  • black marker
  • washable tempera paint (we used black, white, purple and blue)
  • paintbrushes
  • fork

Paint the paper

We used black, white, purple, and blue tempera paint to completely cover a piece of card stock. It’s easiest if you can squirt a bit of each color of paint directly on the card stock, and then encourage kids to mix the paint colors in swirling motions, imitating dark rain clouds.

April showers art project

Once the paper is covered with paint, use a fork to add some swirly texture by creating circular motions with the tongs of the fork.

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Then set the swirled paper aside to dry.

Draw and Cut the Umbrella

Let the kids choose a piece of patterned paper for their umbrella. Show them how to make the umbrella by drawing a large “U” on the paper. I emphasized that mine isn’t perfect, so they shouldn’t worry about theirs being perfect either.

April showers art project

Then top the large “U” with connecting little “u”s. Before we started, my least-art-enthusiastic child was hesitant about drawing an umbrella, but I think seeing it broken down into simple steps makes a project less intimidating for kids (and maybe adults too?!).

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We’re practicing scissor skills, so I had the kids draw the umbrella shapes on the patterned-side of the paper, and then cut inside the black lines so the lines wouldn’t show on the umbrella’s front. You could always skip this step by having the kids draw the  non-patterned-side of the paper.

April showers art project

Then, draw the handle on the strip of brown card stock by drawing a “bubble letter J,” and cut it out.

April showers art project

Glue the Umbrella

Assemble by gluing the handle underneath the umbrella, with a little peaking out the top, if possible. If the kids haven’t made their “J” handles tall enough, have them glue another small piece of card stock to the top of the umbrella (on the underside).

April showers art project

When the painted paper is dry, glue the umbrella on the center of the paper, and embellish the umbrella with the black marker by drawing lines along the edges.

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10 Comments on April Showers Art Project

  1. Ann @ Such a Mama
    April 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm (2 years ago)

    How cute is this! Thanks for Sharing at Learn Through Play.
    Pinning for my kiddos!

  2. Leah
    April 7, 2014 at 10:30 pm (2 years ago)

    This looks like fun! I think my son will love making it. Thanks for sharing at the Learn through play hop.

    • pameladonnis
      April 3, 2014 at 12:03 am (2 years ago)

      That was my thinking on the scrapbook paper too! I think I’ve hoarded it for too long though, because I’m not loving some of those patterns so much anymore!

  3. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom
    April 2, 2014 at 10:56 pm (2 years ago)

    What a super sweet project.

    I love the use of materials (the fork… how clever is that)?

    Wishing you a lovely day.

  4. Karyn
    April 2, 2014 at 10:38 pm (2 years ago)

    What a fun project!! I just found you from the Blogging homeschoolers Facebook group! Glad to discover your site! :)

    • pameladonnis
      April 3, 2014 at 12:01 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much for visiting! I’m so happy to have found the group and get to know you all!

  5. Missy @ Dot-to-Dot Connections
    April 2, 2014 at 9:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I love how you made the swirly patterns in the paint with a fork! My kids will love trying that! Thanks for the great idea!

  6. Meredith
    April 2, 2014 at 6:31 pm (2 years ago)

    These are so adorable, Pam!


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