Do your kids love coloring pages? So many do. And, so, you’ll be seeing a whole lot more of them here. I have been creating away and can’t wait for you to see all of the designs coming your way. And…the best part is they will be absolutely free! Just enter your email below to download your free Mermaid coloring pages. This collection includes 5 printable coloring pages.
Of course, these FREE PRINTABLE COLORING PAGES for kids are super fun, but they’re more than that. They’re an opportunity to improve pencil (crayon) grasp, fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, visual motor integration and more!
Whether you use these with your kids at home, in the library, at school, or really…anywhere, we know that your child is going to love exploring their creative side with these free activities.
Amp Up the Fun with these Ideas for Using Free Coloring Pages
Coloring with crayons or markers is a fun and simple activity that is portable and beneficial on so many levels. But there’s nothing that says you need to stick with just crayons when playing with these free printable coloring pages.
Start with coloring these mermaid coloring pages and then add things from your craft bag (we stick to the same 27 items for every craft on this site so that once you fill your bag, you are all set to make anything you find here…yay! Get the master list to fill your bag so that you can craft along too.)
Put pieces of tissue paper on areas that you want to texture. Or add washi tape for some interesting patterns. Maybe you want to put some clouds in the sky or a little fuzz on an animal…just fluff up some cotton balls and glue them in place. I think these mermaids would look great with tissue paper scales on their tails. There are so many possibilities!
Keep reading to the bottom to download these Mermaid Coloring Pages for FREE 🙂
Books are the perfect way to further the fun. Plus it’s a great way to improve vocabulary and basic reading skills, as well as to increase attention span.
Here are some of our favorite Mermaid books for kids to give a try.
Tips for Improving Fine Motor Skills
I know that when coloring with little ones, there are all kinds of special crayons out there that you can buy…but don’t bother. Instead, just break your regular crayons in half. Trust me. I know that it’s nice to have beautiful new crayons, but they’re better tools for promoting fine motor skills when broken. Take it from an occupational therapist with years of experience; this makes it almost impossible for children to grasp the crayon with a fisted grasp and instead forces them to use fingertips, moving toward a mature grasp for holding the pencil better for writing when the time comes.
Gently encourage your child to use fingertips to hold the crayon, but then let them use their own creativity to color the picture, even going outside of the lines if they haven’t yet mastered staying inside the lines.
How to Improve Core Strength with Coloring
This next little tip will not only help improve your child’s core strength, but it will also improve should and wrist stability. It’s super simple. Just tape the color page onto the wall and color on the vertical surface. Another position you can try is to have your child lay on their back under a table with the coloring page taped to the bottom of the table. Then they will just reach up to color the page.
One last position to try is to sit at a table but turn your child’s seat sideways so that their back is not supported. This will force them to engage those core muscles in order to sit up straight.
More Tips for Using Coloring Pages for Kids
We’re always telling kids that they need to stay inside the lines when coloring, but the truth is that little ones aren’t necessarily developmentally ready for that. Generally speaking, kids should begin coloring inside the lines by about ages 5 to 6. If your child is in that age range and still scribbling like crazy, try this…
Before having your child color on the page, go around some of the main borders of the picture with a bead of Elmer’s glue (let it dry overnight) or hot glue. This way there is a tactile border in addition to the visual border to follow.