Recent Posts

School Bus Painting Activity for Preschoolers

School Bus Painting Activity for Preschoolers

I admit that I tend to be unfairly biased toward girls when I create kids’ printables and crafts for this blog. I don’t do it on purpose, but I’m guessing that it’s for 3 reasons: I used to be a girl and “girl things” appeal […]

DIY Teddy Bear Halloween Treat Boxes (with Templates)

DIY Teddy Bear Halloween Treat Boxes (with Templates)

I love Halloween as much as anybody else, but I always like the “cute” side of it (pumpkins, fun costumes, cartoony ghosts) aspects of it rather than the scary/gory/haunted house element. And, of course, the candy. If you’re looking for a cute-not-scary way to pack […]

How to Make a Mermaid Bookmark (with Printable Templates)

How to Make a Mermaid Bookmark (with Printable Templates)

You can never have too bookmarks — and this DIY mermaid bookmark is absolutely adorable.

The printable template includes the instructions (written in first person by the mermaid, who I’ve named “Pearl”), so kids can make this bookmark with little to no assistance.

All you need is the template, a glue stick, scissors, and any optional things like glitter or Mod-Podge to make Pearl extra fancy.

 

Mermaid Chapter Books for Girls

Of course you don’t need a mermaid book to go with your mermaid bookmark — any book would be fine.

But if you need some book recommendations, why not start there?

Third Grade MermaidThird Grade MermaidThird Grade MermaidTrouble at Trident Academy (1) (Mermaid Tales)Trouble at Trident Academy (1) (Mermaid Tales)Trouble at Trident Academy (1) (Mermaid Tales)Ready, Set, Goal! (17) (Mermaid Tales)Ready, Set, Goal! (17) (Mermaid Tales)Ready, Set, Goal! (17) (Mermaid Tales)Books vs. Looks (15) (Mermaid Tales)Books vs. Looks (15) (Mermaid Tales)Books vs. Looks (15) (Mermaid Tales)Maybe a MermaidMaybe a MermaidMaybe a Mermaid

 

 

To make this bookmark, you’ll need the printables templates, which are available for free in my Printables Library.

If you don’t already have to super-secret password to get access to my Printables Library, just fill out the form further down in this post.

Not only will you get the templates for this bookmark, but you’ll also receive a discount code for my 10-page Mermaid Fun Activity Pack.

 


.

 

Mermaid Bookmark Directions

  1. Print out templates on white cardstock.
  2.  

  3. Cut out the mermaid and her accessories.

    Mermaid template cut out

  4.  

  5. Fold the tab on the top of the mermaid’s head backwards,
    along the dotted line.

    Tab on head folded back

  6.  

  7. Glue the back part of the hair onto the folded tab. Make sure the colored side is facing the front. This will be your bookmark’s page clip.

    Glue stick againt white tab for back of hair

     

    Back of hair glued on

  8.  

  9. Arrange the small piece of hair on the front of your mermaid’s head and glue it into place.

    Gluing front of hair on

     

    Gluing hair on 2

     

    Showing how mermaid bookmark opens at hair

  10.  

  11. Glue on your mermaid’s tail, sash, starfish, and seahorse hairbow.

    Glue on mermaid tail and top

  12.  

  13. Get creative! You can use glitter, sequins, paint, and/or Mod-Podge to make your mermaid extra pretty and sparkly!

    Close up applying mod podge to mermaid bookmark

  14.  

  15. Let everything dry.
  16.  

  17. Use your mermaid bookmark when you read your favorite book!
    Mermaid bookmark in book 1

 


.

 

More Printable Mermaid Fun for Girls

 

Mermaid Bookmark Craft for kids

Coffee Filter Leaf & Pumpkin Craft (with Food Coloring)

Coffee Filter Leaf & Pumpkin Craft (with Food Coloring)

This fall garland of leaves and pumpkins made from coffee filters is a fun craft that can kinda sorta double as a science experiment with a bit of creativity. This is one of those crafts — like my Mickey Mouse marble painting — where not […]

5 Free Printable Princess Coloring Pages for Kids

5 Free Printable Princess Coloring Pages for Kids

I used to have two little girls (they are now two teenage girls), and if there’s one thing I know that they like, it’s princesses. Dressing up like princesses. Reading about princesses. Meeting princesses at Disney World. Playing with princess paper dolls. And on and […]

Free Printable Mermaid Mazes

Free Printable Mermaid Mazes

I remember when my oldest daughter was about 3 years old, we got her this maze book, which she loved so much that she finished the entire thing in one weekend!

If you are often on the lookout for more mazes to give your children, I have 3 mermaid mazes intended for preschool age.

You can jazz these up by tracing the path with a Q-tip dipped in paint, or by putting small pom-poms along the path.

Mermaid Books for Girls


As always, I suggest you combine these mazes with a good book.

Maybe read one of these books, followed by a maze … and the next day do the same thing with a different maze and a different book?

While you’re at it, you can munch on a few Goldfish snack crackers before, during, or after the book.

Pinkalicious and Aqua, the Mini-MermaidPinkalicious and Aqua, the Mini-MermaidPinkalicious and Aqua, the Mini-MermaidThree Little Mermaids (Paula Wiseman Books)Three Little Mermaids (Paula Wiseman Books)Three Little Mermaids (Paula Wiseman Books)Mermaid SchoolMermaid SchoolMermaid SchoolFun, and Interesting Mermaid Facts for KidsFun, and Interesting Mermaid Facts for KidsFun, and Interesting Mermaid Facts for KidsThe MermaidThe MermaidThe MermaidHow to Catch a MermaidHow to Catch a MermaidHow to Catch a Mermaid

 

 


.

 

Mermaid & Treasure Chest Maze

Printable Mermaid Maze

 

Mermaid & Fish Maze

Printable Mermaid and Fish Maze

 

Mermaid Friends Maze

Free printable Mermaids maze

 


.

 

 

Free printable mermaid mazes

Free Printable Fairy Coloring Pages

Free Printable Fairy Coloring Pages

When my girl were younger, they loved fairies. When they were both in elementary school, we went to the now-defunct Mickey’s Toontown Fair in Disney World. There were two lines for meeting Disney characters: one was for princesses, and one was for fairies. I was […]

Printable Slumber Party Activities (Mermaid Style!)

Printable Slumber Party Activities (Mermaid Style!)

If your little girl is planning a slumber party anytime soon, you’ve got to check out this adorable activity. Each girl gets to pick a pillow and sleeping bag for their sleeping bag, then they all get to pick a mermaid name and work on […]

Seasons of a Tree: A Q-Tip Painting Idea for Kids

Seasons of a Tree: A Q-Tip Painting Idea for Kids

Here’s a great art project that not only helps kids learn about creating texture and layering colors, but also is a way to learn about the changing seasons.

We did our trees by painting with one Q-tip at a time, but I’ve also seen people doing it by bundling up 15 or so Q-tips with a rubber band. Feel free to play around with both techniques and see which you prefer.

If you’re learning about the four seasons, consider combining this art project with one or more of these books:

 

Goodbye Summer, Hello AutumnGoodbye Summer, Hello AutumnGoodbye Summer, Hello AutumnStories of the SeasonsStories of the SeasonsStories of the SeasonsThe Reasons for Seasons (New & Updated Edition)The Reasons for Seasons (New & Updated Edition)The Reasons for Seasons (New & Updated Edition)

 

 

We chose to make one art project with all four seasons of a tree, but there’s no reason why you can’t break this up into four different projects to use at different times of the year: Make fall tress in the fall, make spring trees in the spring, etc.

 

Tree Painting Materials

  • Cardboard, poster board, or
    foam board, approximately 10”x30” (we used cardboard)
  • Scissors
  • Empty toilet paper or paper towel roll
  • Paper plate
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs(aka Q-Tips)
  • Tissue paper, cut in 1 inch squares (red, orange, green and yellow)
  • Black or brown Sharpie marker
  • Clothespins
  • Glue sticks
  • Craft acrylic paint (brown, dark green, light green, pink, purple, orange, yellow, brown)

Nature Tree Supplies 2

 

Tree Painting Directions

  1. Begin by drawing the trunks of 4 trees, spaced evenly apart, on your cardboard with a Sharpie marker.

    One tree trunk dawn

     

    Four tree trunks drawn

  2.  

  3. Use scissors to cut your toilet paper roll roughly into thirds.

    Cut toilet paper roll

  4.  

  5. Press each piece of the roll flat, creating a marquise shape.

    Press tube flat

     

    Showing shape of tube

  6.  

  7. Add brown and green paint to your paper plate.

    Brown and green paint on plate

  8.  

  9. Dip one open end of the toilet paper roll into the brown paint …

    Dip TP roll in brown paint

  10.  

  11. … and dab it on the first tree trunk to create a bare winter tree.

    Dabbing brown paint on tree

  12.  

  13. You can also add some “leaves” with the brown paint and use green paint also at the bottom of the tree trunk.

    Dabbing green paint on tree

  14.  

  15. Add some pink, purple, orange, or any other colors you choose to the paper plate.

    Dip a Q-tip into the paint …

    Dipping in Qtip in paint

  16.  

  17. … and dot the second tree with multiple colors to represent the buds on a tree in spring.

    Dapping green paint on tree with Qtip

     

    Dabbing pink paint on tree with Qtip

  18.  

  19. Pick up a cotton ball with the clothespin …

    Clothespin and cotton ball

  20.  

  21. … then dip the cotton ball into paint and dab it on the third tree to represent a tree in full bloom in summer.

    Dabbing cotton ball paint on tree

  22.  

  23. Finally, use a glue stick to attach the tissue paper squares in varying colors to the fourth tree to represent the changing of colors of the leaves in fall.

    Gluing down green tissue squares

     

    Gluing down colorful tissue squares

  24. Allow the paint to dry and enjoy your artwork!

 

Four season trees

 

 

Two finished painted trees

Seasons of a Tree Painting Activity for Kids

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Materials

  • Acrylic paints
  • Cardboard or posterboard, roughly 10" by 30"
  • Cotton Balls
  • Q-Tips
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Sharpie marker
  • Colored tissue paper squares

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Clothespins
  • Paper plate

Instructions

  1. Begin by drawing the trunks of 4 trees, spaced evenly apart, on your cardboard with a Sharpie marker.
  2. Use scissors to cut your toilet paper roll roughly into thirds.
  3. Press each piece of the roll flat, creating a marquise shape.
  4. Add brown and green paint to your paper plate.
  5. Dip one open end of the toilet paper roll into the brown paint and dab it on the first tree trunk to create a bare winter tree.
  6. Add some “leaves” with the brown paint and use green paint also at the bottom of the tree trunk.
  7. Add some pink, purple, orange, or any other colors you choose to the paper plate.
  8. Dip a Q-tip into the paint and dot the second tree with multiple colors to represent the buds on a tree in spring.
  9. Pick up a cotton ball with the clothespin and then dip the cotton ball into paint and dab it on the third tree to represent a tree in full bloom in summer.
  10. Finally, use a glue stick to attach the tissue paper squares in varying colors to the fourth tree to represent the changing of colors of the leaves in fall.
  11. Allow the paint to dry.

Notes

You can create a painting with all 4 trees lined up, or focus on one tree at a time depending on what season it currently is.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

 

Q tip Tree painting pin

No-Cook Pumpkin Themed Play Dough Recipe

No-Cook Pumpkin Themed Play Dough Recipe

This play dough recipe is sometimes referred to as “Cloud Dough” because of how soft and smooth it is. Now I should clarify right off the bat that there is no pumpkin in this recipe. In fact, it’s not an edible play dough, so if […]