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Free Printable Fall Word Searches (2 easy & 1 challenging)

Free Printable Fall Word Searches (2 easy & 1 challenging)

I just love fall, from the colors (autumn colors look very good on an Irish redhead) to the excitement of starting a new school year to that cozy feeling of sliding on a sweater and pair of jeans for the first time in months. Here […]

Free Printable Rainbow Templates (small, medium, and large)

Free Printable Rainbow Templates (small, medium, and large)

Who doesn’t like rainbows? They’re fun, they’re colorful, they represent hope and promises … and you can use them for all kinds of kids’ activities, especially when it comes to learning about colors or the science of what makes a rainbow. I made a few […]

Free Printable Summer Coloring Pages for Preschoolers

Free Printable Summer Coloring Pages for Preschoolers

Looking for something cheap and simple for your kids to do inside on a hot summer day?

Here are 3 printable coloring pages with summer themes that are geared for preschool and kindergarten ages. Just click on each image to download and print.

But wait! I also have something else you might like:


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Ice Cream Coloring Page

Ice cream coloring page for preschoolers

 

Beach Sand Shovel Coloring Page

Beach shovel and pail coloring page for preschoolers

 

Beach Umbrella Coloring Page

Beach coloring page for preschoolers

 

 

Unicorn DIY Dream Catcher Craft

Unicorn DIY Dream Catcher Craft

This cute DIY unicorn dream catcher is a great decoration for a unicorn-themed party or simply to hang in a girl’s bedroom. One of the things I like about this craft is that it was very inexpensive, and you probably have most of these things […]

How to Make DIY Puffy Paint Without Shaving Cream and Glue

How to Make DIY Puffy Paint Without Shaving Cream and Glue

Whipping up a batch of puffy paint is a great way to get your kids outside and let them be creative. If you’ve made puffy paint before, you’ve probably used shaving cream and/or glue. While that’s a perfectly respectable way to make it, this recipe […]

3 Free Printable Back to School Word Searches

3 Free Printable Back to School Word Searches

These 3 printable back to school word searches are great for homeschool families, teachers, or any kid that loves word puzzles.

Word searches may seem like something that’s a “filler” activity or something to do “just for fun,” but they actually help with skills such as:

  • Problem-solving
  • Pattern recognition
  • Persistence
  • Working memory
  • In addition, I’ve been reading more and more about how word searches can help people of all ages with stress relief. So maybe you should print off a copy for yourself too!

    Just click on the image you want to download and print it.

     

    Easy Back to School Word Search One

    Easy Back to School Word Search One

     

    Easy Back to School Word Search Two

    Printable Back to School Word Search Two

     

    Challenging Back to School Word Search

    Difficult Back to School Word Search

     

     

    Back to school word search pin

Free Printable Cat Coloring Pages

Free Printable Cat Coloring Pages

Considering the name of this blog, I figured it was about time that I created some cat coloring pages. To make them even more fun, I gave each page a funny cat pun.   Get All 4 Cat Coloring Pages! Get these coloring pages plus […]

How to Make Stick Puppets (a Dinosaur Egg Craft)

How to Make Stick Puppets (a Dinosaur Egg Craft)

Today you’re going to learn a really easy kids’ activity that’s a double whammy: it’s a craft that doubles as a homemade toy. When my kids were younger, they were constantly putting on shows and making videos. (Mostly it was just my girls, but sometimes […]

Mermaid Toilet Paper Roll Craft for Kids

Mermaid Toilet Paper Roll Craft for Kids

One of my daughters was absolutely obsessed with mermaids — particularly Ariel — when she was 5 and 6 years old.

We would go to the park and “play pretend” with her little sister being Flounder and me being Ursula. (Yes, I am one of those moms who plays with her kids. I’ll let you decide whether or not that’s a good thing.)

My in-laws gave her a toy like this for Christmas, and the girls called it “Ariel’s Grotto.”

If you know a little girl who has a similar love of mermaids, you can either make this simple mermaid doll for them, or you can do it together. (I suggest doing the latter.)

If you like, you can attach craft popsicle sticks to the bottom and turn your mermaids into puppets.

We chose to make an “Ariel-style” mermaid, with off-white skin, orange-red hair, purple top, and green tail. But certainly don’t feel limited those colors. Your mermaid can look any way you want!

 


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Supplies for Mermaid Craft

  • Toilet paper roll
  • Colorful craft paper
  • Marker pens
  • Scissors
  • Paper glue
  • Pencil
  • Glitter

Supplies for Mermaid TP roll craft

 

Mermaid Craft Instructions

  1. Download and print out the mermaid templates.
  2. Cut out the templates carefully, then use them to trace on colored paper and cut out the pieces for your mermaid.
  3. Use markers and glitter to decorate the mermaid clothes and tail.Decorated mermaid tail and clothes
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  5. Attach both pieces of the mermaid’s tail using paper glue. Allow the glue to dry.Mermaid Tail
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  7. Measure the paper roll’s circumference and height and then cut out o piece of skin-toned paper in those dimensions.
  8. Draw eyes, blush, and mouth on paper. (If you’re feeling a silly, you can use googly eyes.)

    Mermaid face on paper

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  10. Then glue the paper around the tissue paper roll and allow the glue to dry down completely.

    Mermaid face around TP roll

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  12. Glue the hairpiece on the top of the tissue paper roll.

    Mermaid face and hairpiece on TP roll

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  14. Glue the mermaid’s blouse/top on the tissue paper roll and let the glue dry.

    Mermaid purple top added to TP roll

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  16. Use a pencil or marker to make swirls with the long paper strips and slight curls on the ends of the smaller strips.

    Cut out orange curls for mermaid hair

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  18. Glue the swirly strips on the front and the curls on the back. You can vary this to make her hair as full (or as curly) as you want.

    Adding curly orange hair to mermaid

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  20. Finally, glue the mermaid’s tail onto the bottom of the paper roll.

    Adding tail to mermaid TP roll craft

 


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Mermaid toilet paper roll craft

Mermaid Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Materials

  • Templates (downloaded from post)
  • Colored paper
  • Glue stick
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Pencil
  • Glitter

Instructions

  1. Download, print, and cut out the templates.
  2. Trace the template pieces on colored paper, then cut out and decorate.
  3. Glue together both parts of the mermaid tail.
  4. Measure the paper roll’s circumference and height and then cut out o piece of skin-toned paper in those dimensions.
  5. Draw eyes, blush, and mouth on paper.
  6. Glue the paper around the tissue paper roll and allow the glue to dry down completely.
  7. Glue the hairpiece on the top of the paper roll.
  8. Glue the mermaid’s top on the tissue paper roll and let the glue dry.
  9. Use a pencil or marker to make swirls with the long paper strips and slight curls on the ends of the smaller strips.
  10. Glue the swirly strips on the front and the curls on the back
  11. Glue the mermaid’s tail onto the bottom of the paper roll.

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Free Printable I Spy Unicorn Worksheets

Free Printable I Spy Unicorn Worksheets

These 2 Unicorn I Spy printables are not only cute and colorful, but they also help children: Build working memory Develop visual discrimination Practice maths skills like counting, sorting, and comparing Develop visual tracking skills Just click on each image to download and print it. […]