|The idea of protection is something with many parallels and symbols, this craft uses the very simple umbrella shape, a protective object that will be familiar to almost every child. Scripture reveals no promise to Lot himself, and yet God repetitively protects him.
|To make this umbrella you’ll need a PDF printout per child, some sticky tape or some glue, a skewer and some sticky tack. The Printout has 2 pages, the first in colour and the second is without colour for the children to colour in.
If you have older children you can make them half the size and use craft sticks rather than skewers.
|The solid lines are for cutting and the dashed lines are folded. Cut around the outside of the shape, removing the empty section and cutting the small edge slits. If you have very young children you can ignore the edge slits and just make a cone shape umbrella.
|Once your shape is folded you need to form the come. It is slightly easier to do this before you form the edge. Glue or tape the large tab in place taking care to glue or tape right to the edge of the cut slit. If it is wet leave to dry for a moment before starting the next step.
|To form the edge, overlap the two parts either side of a cut until the edges of the umbrella are almost flush. Glue or use sticky tape to secure in position.
Continue round the outside of the circle forming the umbrella’s edge. You’ll see the canopy shape and the scalloped edges forming.
If your children are struggling with glue then switch to sticky tape, it’s much easier!
|Once your umbrella canopy is formed take a skewer and put a little piece of sticky tack on the pointy end. Gently push the sticky tack down a few millimetres and thread through the top of the umbrella. This gives the paper something to rest on.
Cover the top of the skewer with a bit more sticky tack and your craft is complete. If you have extra time you could make a handle with some spare sticky tack or some Plasticine!