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If you know my kids, you know there are two things we love in our house: books and crafts. And as much as possible I try to combine the two when we find a book we love. The kids love this, and so do I! I have a lot of little “artists” in our house and although it drives me crazy when they make messes, or color on the furniture, I love to encourage their creativity. So when our friends at Disney Book Group sent us the new book Bruce’s Big Storm by Ryan T. Higgins, I came up with an idea to paint an umbrella with Maddie Grace to accompany the book. She’s been asking for her own umbrella for a while so this seemed like a great way to give her a very special umbrella to use when it storms here, plus it’s a fun activity to go along with our new book!
We love all the Mother Bruce books and Bruce’s Big Storm is no different! Our favorite big bear has to battle a storm and learns the importance of community in the process. It’s really funny, promotes good values, has awesome illustrations, and just a great read for little ones! Tripp and Maddie Grace both loved the book and have asked to read it on repeat the last few days.
So to do our umbrella craft here’s what we got:
-A White Umbrella (lots of options on Amazon)
-Acrylic Paint (just make sure what you get is waterproof)
-Paint Brushes/Paint Tray
And then we got to work with painting the umbrella! Maddie Grace had a blast with coming up with her own designs and asked me to help with some things (like her initials) which was fun for me too. Feel free to let your or your kids creativity flow! I saw some really cool designs done by adults on Pinterest but Maddie Grace was more into polka dots, hearts, and flowers. This is an activity best done on a bright sunny day so you can leave the umbrella in the sun for at least 24 hours to dry before taking it into a big storm yourself. Of course Maddie Grace wanted to go ahead and run around with hers although there was no rain, but it was super cute.
And that’s all it takes! A super fun and easy craft that results in something your kid will actually use and love!