Make a mermaids cave to eat your tea in! This is nice as an outdoor activity (add paddling pool for a genuine splash!), but also a handy rainy day standby for the holidays. There is no need for any special equipment (you can use whatever happens to be around the house) and it is something that can keep kids busy for hours, particularly as you can also turn this into a craft activity before setting up the cave.
You will need:
Cardboard (coloured card is best but the backs of cereal packets work well too).
Pens/ pencils and decorations like sequins and tissue paper, glitter, foil and some glue.
Blue fabric (a blanket or sheet is best but you could use scarves or maybe shirts).
Clothes airer or similar.
Sellotape or safety pins
Other things for the cave: Pebbles, sea shells, treasure, bubble machine or a bottle of bubbles to blow.
- Cut some cardboard fish and other sea related things such as starfish and seaweed out of the cardboard. This can be a good craft activivity: kids might like to colour these in and decorate them with sequins, tissue paper, glitter, foil etc.
- Drape your blue fabric over the clothes airer or over a dining table to make a blue tent (or mermaids cave!).
- Once their glue has dried, tape or safety pin the sea creatures to the blue fabric to give it an underwater feel.
- You could enhance your cave by adding a mermaids treasure chest (see make 9 here), tissue paper seaweed and sea shells/ pebbles. If you have some bubble mixture, it might be fun to use!
This is a perfect reading den for you favourite sea related story books! Ours are definitely the ones by Julia Donaldson: Sharing a shell, The singing mermaid and my personal favourite; The snail and the whale. What are yours sea-themed favourites?