Rain Cloud Mobile

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April showers aren’t going to get us down! Check out this fun and easy April Showers Mobile craft to keep your children active when the rain just won’t go away.

STEP 1: Gather your supplies: a sheet of green, purple, yellow, and orange construction paper, three sheets of white construction paper, two sheets of red construction paper, a glue stick, a paper plate, a white pipe cleaner, clear string, a pencil, and scissors.

STEP 2: To create the raindrops, cut four 3×4 inch squares of construction paper. Fold each in half and glue the right half of one to the left half of another. Continue to do this until all four sheets are glued together. For the umbrella, cut six 9×4 inch strips of red construction paper and fold each in half. Repeat the process of gluing the right half of one sheet to the left half of the next sheet. Continue until all sides are glued.

STEP 3: Fold the glued sheets in half and draw a symmetrical half shape for the umbrella, raindrops, and cloud as shown.

STEP 4: Cut out the shapes and unfold. Cut the white pipe cleaner in half; curl one end to form the handle of the umbrella. Put a little bit of glue on the straight end of the pipe cleaner and insert into the center of the umbrella shape construction paper. Cut six 12 inch sections of clear string and run each piece through the center of each raindrop. Tie a double knot at the bottom of the raindrop and cut off any excess string below the knot.

STEP 5: Cut a 20-inch section of clear string and tie a knot at one end. Run the string through the umbrella. Then tie a double knot roughly 2 inches above the top of the umbrella. Then run the string through the bottom of the raincloud to the top. Tie another double knot roughly 5 inches above the top of the raincloud. Use a pencil to punch a small hole through the center of the paper plate and run the string through this hole. The knot above the raincloud should be under the paper plate. Then create a loop to hang the mobile from and tie securely. Use your pencil to poke six holes evenly distributed along the edge of the paper plate. Take the string attached to each raindrop and run it through these holes. Tie a double knot above the plate and cut any excess string. Now you can enjoy your new “April Showers” mobile!

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