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This week we are thinking parasols and how ladies would have used them to shade themselves from the sun. 

Talk about how a parasol works using the force of a push or pull to open and close it.

What is a parasol made of? Think of the material used for the canopy. Some parasols are not waterproof.

Umbrella canopies are made from waterproof material to protect us from the rain. 


Science Investigation

Think about which materials are waterproof. Try out the investigation below. What would be the best material to repair a leaking umbrella. Aunt Stella's umbrella is leaking. Can you find the best material to repair it? Collect different kinds of material. Put each one on top of a paper towel. Put a drop of water on top to see how much goes through. 


Useless Umbrella