U Is for Uppity Umbrella

Snacks for letter U - Uppity Umbrella snack

It’s that wonderful time of year when April showers bring beautiful May flowers.

Of course, if you live in the Northwoods like we do, April can bring more snow than rain…but we’ll keep our umbrellas handy just in case.

This fruity ABC Snacks recipe is the perfect lunch to brighten up a rainy day.

Yummy fruit and a cloud-shaped sandwich promise to make this a favorite with even the most persnickety preschoolers. And rain or shine, this creative snack is healthy enough to keep moms happy, too.

My helper had a great time helping with this easy-to-assemble snack. The hard part was keeping her from eating all the raindrops before we got our snack put together and all our pictures taken. Riley really likes blackberries.

Preschooler spreading peanut butter on bread

Uppity Umbrella Snack

Print Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need to make this snack for one child:

  • 1 red apple
  • 12 blackberries
  • 1 slice of green bell pepper
  • 2 slices of bread
  • Your favorite sandwich ingredients


  1. Cut an apple in half lengthwise.
  2. Remove the core and seeds from one half of the apple.
  3. Cut a slice off the bottom of the apple to create an umbrella shape.
  4. Peel the apple in vertical stripes.
  5. Place the apple on a plate with the flat side down.
  6. Place a slice of green bell pepper under the apple to create the umbrella handle.
  7. Make a sandwich from your favorite sandwich fixings.
  8. Cut the crust off your sandwich to create a cloud shape.
  9. Place the cloud on the plate above the umbrella.
  10. Sprinkle blackberry raindrops around the plate.
Preschooler adding blackberries Preschooler eating sandwich

Teaching Tips

  • As you create your rainy-day snack, practice saying /ŭ/–/ŭ/–uppity umbrella with your child.
  • How many words can you think of that start with the sound of /ŭ/ as in umbrella?
  • Read about how Momo is waiting for a rainy day in the Caldecott Honor Book Umbrella by Taro Yashima.
  • Download ABC Snacks: Tips for Working on Pre-Reading Skills for more teaching tips.

Want More Snacks for Letter U?

Find snacks for letter U and more with the ABC Snacks Cookbooks series that includes more than 40 snack recipes for your preschoolers!

Free ABC Snacks Cookbook

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Elizabeth Jones


We had a lot of fun with this snack.

We used a tortilla for the cloud and a mini candy cane for the umbrella handle.

Heather Pike


These look fantastic!! Apples are winners at our house. Thank you for having another giveaway!



What fun. We will do one of these tomorrow for snack!

Mindee McCollom


Love This!! My Girls are going to really enjoy this! Thanks

Brittany M


ABC snacks are so fun. We use to do something like this with my son when he was younger. Anything hands on and especially something you can eat helps keep him engaged.

Karen Harris


That looks like fun!

Erika Jones


Fun ideas!



Great idea!

Bethany Hart


What great a great project!



Really cute. I did things like this when I taught preschool.

Trisha Winslow


Fun stuff! I love All About Spelling!