The Mermaid by Jan Brett - A Magical Picture Book Feature!


The Mermaid by Jan Brett will enchant all who read it with its delightful under-the-sea retelling of a classic story!


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The Mermaid by Jan Brett is one picture book you won't want to miss!

The Mermaid by Jan Brett picture book with ocean scene and mermaid

Well, mermaids certainly seem to always be in style!


Along with unicorns, fairies and rainbows, mermaids tend to pop up in everything from crafts and costumes to jewelry and books!

Jan Brett The Mermaid book cover with mermaid swimmin underwater in the ocean

The Mermaid by Jan Brett is the perfect book for mermaid lovers!


While this book is right on time trend-wise, its classic story and beautiful illustrations will also make it a timeless addition to your bookshelf!

The Mermaid by Jan Brett illustration page with shell and coral

When a young mermaid named Kiniro happens upon a pretty house in the ocean with nobody at home, nothing can prevent her from taking a closer look.


Once inside, she finds a delicious breakfast waiting, along with comfy beds and other lovely furnishings!

The home does have residents, though, who have been out for a swim. They also happen to be an octopus family!


What happens next is both sweet and funny- a magical version of a favorite fairy tale!

page from Jan Brett's book The Mermaid shows Octopus family outside their home in the ocean


little girl dressed up as a mermaid for Halloween
Yes, I went through the mermaid phase too!

Finished reading this fabulous book? Or want to do a little prep before diving into the story?


Have some fun with these great ideas that go along with The Mermaid by Jan Brett!


1. Try this Mermaid Craft!

This craft is very simple and fun!


This was inspired by and adapted from one of the Usborne Activities books, How to Draw Fairies and Mermaids by Fiona Watt, Jan McCafferty & Howard Allman.

It's a great book that has so many fun ideas! It's a must-have for the all of those creative mermaid fans out there!


Directions

1. Cut out a piece of foil in the shape of a mermaid tail.


2. Rub the foil length-wise with fingertip to make pattern.

tin foil on cheese grater to make mermaid tail


3. Trim the foil at the top of the tail to resemble a bodice.


Mermaid tail out of foil


4. Glue the tail onto the paper.

5. Draw your mermaid!

Use a thin marker or pen for her face, hair and arms, then fill in with watercolors or brush-tipped markers.

drawing a mermaid face with tin foil tail

Display your mermaid!


Here are our mermaids!

We found this pretty scrapbook paper at Joann's and made it their under-the-sea background!

Mermaids-on-scrapbook-paper with colorful hair and tin foil tails


Here are some more fun ideas to explore that go along with the Mermaid theme!


2. Have a Beach Day!

Pack a picnic, bring a beach ball, and head out to a lake or beach near you!


Don't forget to print out our Beach Day Packing List free printable to help you get organized!

Beach Day Packing List free printable

two girls playing in sand at the beach


Don't live near water or it's a bit too cold? Well, another option is to...


3. Visit an Aquarium!

school of fish underwater at an Aquarium

It's a super fun (and educational!) way to spend the day! You can even do a virtual tour as well!


Click here for a great online visit with a giant octopus!

Here are some more live web cams at the Monterey Bay Aquarium:


4. Play 'Sharks and Islands'!

This quick and fun game is a great icebreaker too!


Number of Players: 2 or more + 1 'Captain'

How To Play:

  • Put sheets of paper out on the floor -these are the 'islands.'

  • If you have only 2 players, put out about 6 papers; if you have a lot of players, put out the same number of papers as you have players.

  • The Captain runs the game and tells everyone to "Swim! Swim!"

  • Players pretend to swim until the Captain says, "Shark!!" --then everybody finds an 'island' (paper) to stand on!

  • Then, take one paper away.

  • Repeat "Swim!" - "Shark!" from above, taking away an island each time.

  • Eventually, there won't be enough islands for everyone and they'll have to cram onto one island! *Whomever falls off is out and the game just keeps going until it makes sense to stop!

5. Enjoy some Ocean-Inspired Treats!

sand dollar sugar cookies on a plate

photo: bakerology.com


Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe and cut out some stars. Or, round cookies can be sand dollars-just add some slivered almonds and a dusting of sanding sugar! Both options are great for satisfying your sweet tooth!

Here is a fun Ocean Creature Mermaid Cookie Cutter Set that kids will love!


Or if you're feeling adventurous, try some Roasted Seaweed Snacks! We picked these up from Trader Joe's, but they're in other grocery stores as well- they're usually located in the international aisle!


Roasted Seaweed Snacks are Mermaid-Approved!

Mermaid approved snack -Trader's Joe's Roasted Seaweed Snack

6. Watch Disney's The Little Mermaid!


The Little Mermaid DVD cover by Disney shows Ariel, Flounder and Ursula

While many of you have probably already watched the iconic Disney film, The Little Mermaid, if you haven't seen it yet, you definitely should!


Grab some popcorn, or make some of the sand dollar sugar cookies and enjoy!


Enjoyed reading this post? Be sure to Pin it so you can return for more magical mermaid-themed fun and this amazing picture book 'tail'!

The Mermaid by Jan Brett pin by My Kidz Bookshelf with black-haired mermaid underwater



I hope you enjoyed this little under-the-sea inspired fairy tale adventure!

See you soon and just keep swimming!


💗,

Cenzia

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