We've been learning about the short vowel sound 'u' for umbrella.
As an extension activity, we made three dimensional cardboard umbrellas on which Daniel helped to write words containing the short 'u' vowel sound.
How to Make Three Dimensional Cardboard Umbrellas
To begin with, I cut out umbrella shapes from light cardboard. Two umbrella shapes were needed for each finished umbrella.
One umbrella included a slit through the middle from the top halfway down. The other included a slit through the middle from the bottom halfway up.
In this way, the two umbrellas would eventually slot together when being assembled.
We added some colour by flicking paint at the umbrella shapes. As we don't normally do much paint flicking, the boys enjoyed this.
Once the umbrellas were dry, they were taken inside where Daniel helped to write 'u' words on them.
Next, the umbrellas were assembled so that the two parts slid into each other.
Finally, the three dimensional cardboard umbrellas were hung up so they could be enjoyed by anyone passing by them.
Combining art and writing makes the process of learning about words more enjoyable.
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