Theatre Activities for Kids


Twirling Umbrellas
Twirling Umbrellas theatre activity
Twirling Umbrellas theatre activity
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Twirling umbrellas add an interesting element to any theatre activity. These bright umbrellas are fun for kids to paint and add lots of eye appeal to a play or dance routine. This indoor activity is safe from the rain too!

What You'll Need:

  • Old umbrellas
  • Newspapers
  • Old shirt
  • Poster paints
  • Paintbrushes

How to Make Twirling Umbrellas:

Step 1: Spread out lots of newspapers, and slip your kids into old shirts. Open up the umbrellas. You may give an umbrella a new base color if you wish, or use the original color if it's a bright one. Wait a few hours for the paint to dry.

Step 2: Have your kids paint a wild pattern in a contrasting color. Try spirals, dots, zigzags, and other shapes. If you want, you can also paint the inside of the umbrella a solid color.

Step 3: Use the umbrellas in a show. You can have people crouch behind the decorated umbrellas and spin them for interesting backgrounds. Or have dancers dance around them, twirl them, and use them as props.

Safety Tip: For eye safety, make sure each umbrella twirler is standing a good distance away from the next person!

For more drama and indoor fun, see: