I'm not sure where Aurora even learned about mystical, magical mermaids, but she thinks they're pretty swell. We haven't watched The Little Mermaid yet as Ursula is a bit too intense as a villain in my opinion. My only guess is that there was a mermaid in an episode of Jake and the Neverland Pirates or something... Anyways, my imaginative girl thinks that she grows fins every night in the bath tub as she splashes around like a half-fish.
This is a recipe from Fun at Home with Kids and is sooo easy! Throw 2T of dish soap, 1/4 cup of water, and a couple drops of food coloring in a mixer and beat for a minute or so and you'll end up with a bowl full of delightfully colored foam!
The kids had a blast washing the mermaid and making up stories about what was happening in her lagoon. Aurora thinks she lives in a sea shell and Grayson had fun playing with the silicone sea anemone which feels really lifelike! Gray's play did end after he itched his face which led to soap in his eye, so be careful of that if you have younger ones playing.
Overall, they had a great time and this kept them busy most of the afternoon! When it was time to clean up, I dumped the bucket and both kids in the bathtub where Aurora straight away decided she was a mermaid and the dolly was playing tag with her!
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