Create An Umbrella Mobile

A bright and fun way to liven up any weather display using a real umbrella. The creative activity is suitable for children of any age, however younger children will not be able to assemble the mobile and would need assistance.

You will need:

  • Umbrella
  • Cotton
  • String
  • Card
  • Blue paint, colouring or collage materials


A bright colourful, children’s character or clear umbrella with a colourful pattern will work best for this activity. Start by putting up the umbrella and making a small hole in the top where the pole exits the material. Next thread cotton or string through the hole and tie securely to the framework underneath. This will be used to fix the umbrella to the ceiling so choose a string for example that best suits the size and weight of the umbrella.

Cut out rain drop shapes from the card, for the children to paint, colour or collage in blue. Once they are dry thread or stick as many as you wish onto a length of cotton, leaving enough cotton at the top to fix to the umbrella. Next make several small holes around the bottom edge of the umbrella, and thread the top of your cotton with rain drops attached through these holes and tie to secure.

Once you have finished adding all the rain drops, tie or secure the umbrella to the ceiling. To add to this activity you could make several more rain drops on lengths of cotton to hang on the ceiling surrounding the umbrella. Older children can help you to do a lot of the threading and can also become more involved with how many rain drops would look good on the display.

Areas of learning covered:

  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Creative development
  • Personal and Social development
  • Language, Literacy and Communication skills


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