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Recognizing our commitment to children's education, Ready, Set, Learn airs every Friday morning during Good Morning Erie on WJET-TV 24.

April 2010
As the old saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. This month Ready, Set, Learn lessons give creative ideas for indoor activities that focus on weather.

Paper Plate Umbrellas!

What You Need:

  • Large paper plates
  • Paint, markers, or crayons
What You Do:
  1. Give each child a paper plate
  2. Poke a small hole in the middle
  3. Let the youngsters decorate the backs of their plates with crayons or markers
  4. When they have finished, have them stick their index fingers up through the holes in their plates to make the umbrellas
  5. Preschoolers will love parading around the room saying this rhyme:
    It's raining, It's raining,
    Oh me, oh my!
    But our umbrellas will keep us dry!


Shake and Paint!

What You Need:
  • Oatmeal container
  • Broken crayons or marbles
  • Paint

What You Do:
  1. Take a large empty Oatmeal container and tape a piece of white paper inside
  2. Take a couple of broken crayons (or marbles) and dip them in a little bit of washable paint
  3. Put them inside the container and then put the lid back on
  4. Now let your child take the container and shake it, roll it on the floor, kick it or whatever to move the crayons around inside
  5. Then take the lid off and take a look at your new masterpiece!

Suggested Reading:
Weather Words and What They Mean by Gail Gibbons
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