I was never content with just making bucket sandcastles when I went to the beach as a child. Even as a 6-year-old, my inner artist was begging to surface. My favourite thing to do was to make a sand mermaid. I would sculpt her face and tail from sand and then decorate her with seaweed and shells that I retrieved from the nearby rock pools.
Rock pools : for me, this was a magical world that was so visually rich and full of potential. What strange and wonderful clawed creature was hiding underneath those fronds of seaweed? What scary creature lived in that pretty shell? Sea anemones, well they were just strange, marvellous, wiggly beauty , living animal flowers of the sea and starfish still fascinate me to this day. As a child, all I needed was a beach, a bucket and net and rock pools and I was happy for the day.
Strike that, as an adult I’d be just as happy. I must get myself down to the sea sometime soon.
Given the challenge of coming up with Mermaid themed games recently, I turned to my fascination for rock pools. Surely they were mermaid’s gardens?
I had a basic idea of musical islands with a twist:Musical Rock pools.
Music played , children dance and when the music stops I shout out a rock pool creature or thing.
Then the children need to find a rock pool with a seahorse in it to stand on.
So I made some rock pools from some off-cuts of vinyl flooring. I painted them blue and added rock pool creatures , painted in some seaweed and then varnished them to make them nice and durable. After all, I hope that lots of little feet will be stomping all over them for many years to come at future children’s birthday parties.
I can’t wait to play this game at Mermaid parties.