These 5 mermaid DIY crafts will add some sparkle to a grey day. Dip a toe in and make the simple crown, or make a splash and craft your own slime. Perfect for keeping preschool-aged children busy.
1 Crown of shells: little mermaids will love wearing this underwater garland
You’ll need: coloured card, coloured paper, cupcake cases, tape
- Cut two strips of card for your child to tape together in one line (you’ll fit it to their head later).
- Now, they bend cupcake cases to make shell shapes and tape them on.
- Then they draw sea star shapes on the cases (or patterned paper), cut those out, and stick them on.
- Finally, wrap it around their head as a band, and tape it so it stays in place.
Now, can they pretend to be a little mermaid and swim off on an adventure?
2 Mermaid slime: a shimmering slime worthy of princesses under the sea
You’ll need: one cup of baby shampoo, two cups of cornflour, food colouring and glitter
- First your kids need to spoon the cornflour into a bowl
- Then stir in the baby shampoo. When that has been thoroughly mixed in, add the food colouring.
- Next, squish it together. This makes a dough that starts chalky, but turns into a sticky slime as they squish it.
- Now they add sparkles (we did green glitter and turquoise stars) and enjoy all the twinkly, gooey goodness.
Tip: Slime can stain soft furnishings. Keep your kids (and the slime) where you can see them!
3 Twinkly picture: sequins bring a mermaid drawing to life
Let your kids dive into their art supplies to create this beautiful picture. They draw a mermaid, colour her in with paint or crayons and then cover her with sequins.
4 Mermaid toys: kids can turn their favourite doll into a mermaid by covering her legs with an old sock. Then they draw the shape of the tail, snip it out, decorate it, and glue it to the sock.
5 Mermaid treasure: give them sequins, pearls and shells to bury in sand, and then dig out.