If your kids love mermaids they will love this fun mermaid play dough invitation to play and printable mermaid playdough mat.
There is just something magical about mermaids. My kids have always been fascinated by them, partly because of their gorgeous tails, but mostly because they can live underwater. It’s an enticing thought, to be able to swim like a fish, live freely underwater, but still be a person. If only we could all turn into mermaids!
Your kids might not be able to turn into real mermaids, but they can make some!
This simple mermaid play dough activity is easy to set up and is perfect for lots of imaginative, creative, fine motor and sensory play.
That’s one of the best things about playing with play dough, it offers lots of opportunities for learning and practicing skills across all areas of learning and development.
It’s also a great way to extend a sea or beach themed learning project or interest.
Mermaid Play Dough Invitation to Play
Setting up this mermaid themed invitation to play was quick and easy.
We used our microwave playdough recipe and added some glitter to some of the dough to make it extra shimmery.
You could also make some sand dough which would be a fun addition to this playdough set up.
You can find the sand playdough recipe here.
I collected some loose parts and accessories to add to our mermaids. You can use whatever you find at home, no need to buy anything fancy.
We use a plastic , multi compartment, party platter that you can buy cheaply at the supermarket, to store all our loose parts for playdough activities.
- glass gems
- marbles (that look like bubbles!)
- large sequins (these make great fish scales)
- cut up straws
- wool (for extra flowing hair)
You could also use:
- small stones
- grass (for seaweed)
- sea glass
- pipe cleaners
- bottle tops
Free Printable Mermaid Play Dough Mat
Because we love mermaids so much I created this free printable mermaid playdough mat for everyone to enjoy. It matched our ocean themed playdough set in the shop, but is fun to play with on it’s own too.
Your mermaid might have a big flowing fishtail, with beautiful shimmering scales. Or maybe your mermaid will have legs instead of a tail… perhaps she traded in her voice to get some legs!
You can download the mermaid playdough mat here.
This printable is an A4 sized pdf file, you will need a pdf reader such as adobe acrobat to open it. If you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.
Please remember that the printables at picklebums.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.
Ocean Play Dough Mats and Accessories
If one mermaid is just not enough, and you need more mermaids, and more sea creatures, check out our ocean playdough mats and accessories.
There are 6 ocean themed play dough mats in this set, and three pages of printable play dough accessories.
Along with a shark, a dolphin, a seahorse, a crab, a jelly fish and lots more sea creatures, there is also four mermaids and four mermen! More than enough merfolk for everyone!
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