Three Little Mermaids is a great book to use as a base for some fun and simple beach/mermaid themed activities. The colorful creatures and counting in the book lend themselves to creative play and learning ideas. Use supplies you already have on hand to pull them together.
Mermaid Sensory Bin
Grab a plastic container large enough to hold some toys and other small objects. Place a layer of sand in the bottom about 2″ deep. Fill the rest of the container with water. Scatter seashells, blue glass marbles, plastic sea creatures like these Toob ones. Use any mermaids you have on hand, barbies, little people, or even tub toys. If playing in the house use a cheap plastic shower curtain liner underneath your bin to protect the floor.
Depending on your childs age and ability cut out 4-10 squares of paper. Write 1-10 across the tops. Provide your child with seashells, dry seashell pasta, or plastic ocean animals- have them match the number of objects to the number on each “card”. To extend the learning- have them place the numbers in order in ascending and descending order, ask them to show you which number comes “before 5” , “after 8”, etc.
Sand Play Dough
Check out this awesome no cook sand play dough we made recently. This stuff was amazing and smells fantastic- just like the beach. Give them cookie cutters, plastic ocean animals, and seashells to explore and shape with in this fun sensory activity. If your child is in the midst of learning their letters and numbers encourage them to use the play dough for practice in forming them.
Print two of each of these pages of mermaid images, white card stock is best. Cut each page into four equal cards. Use them for a quick and simple game of memory. Shuffle cards lay them all face down, pick up two, if you have a match keep it and go again if not play passes to the next player, continue until all matches have been made, the player with the most matches wins. When the game is done you can use them for art projects, or maybe even book marks.
If your little one is mermaid crazed they may enjoy some of these resources as well