Cute Mermaid/Under the Sea Bundle with If I Were a Mermaid, an eBook written by Amanda Hervey, a mermaid/under the sea yoga pose sequence, mermaid classic memory game and fish number/counting puzzle.
If I Were a Mermaid eBook
If I Were a Mermaid is a delightful short story written by a friend of mine who kindly allowed me to use it for my lesson plans and, yes, share with you. She and her daughter wrote the book and did the illustrations together as an afternoon project.
This item is part of my Rest & Relax series, and with the calming blues and greens, it's the perfect calming activity. The story is at the beginning of the card set, followed by yoga poses that go along with the story that make up the middle of the card set.
The end of the pose set includes a Rest & Relax guided visualization that gives younger children the ability to use their imaginations and picture the story in their mind as well as relax, but can also be used for older children as an example of creative writing and writing with description using the senses.
And lastly there are four blank cards which can be used for several different activities. For younger children, they can draw or describe additional yoga poses or older children can possibly write their own guided visualization as a writing activity. You may want to use the cards yourself to write down additional activities that go with this pose card and story set.
This set includes:
1 cover card
8 story cards
10 yoga pose cards
5 Rest & Relax/Rest-Ready cards
4 blank cards to add poses or activities
28 cards total, printed on 7 pages (on 8.5 x 11" paper)
Ways To Organize:
Keep them uncut and put in sheet protectors (this is what I do -- I print 16 on a page and use them at-a-glance during my classes)
Cut and put in a recipe-type storage box
Cut and put on a ring for easy access and usage
Cut and laminate for durability
You can also download to your tablet/mobile device to always have on hand in addition to/instead of printing. When on a tablet or phone, it is exactly like an eBook, followed by the yoga poses and then Rest & Relax/guided visualization.
Yoga has so many benefits, including but not limited to:
Relaxes and alleviates stress
Builds self-confidence and self-esteem
Increases physical activity
Builds strength, balance, and coordination
Increases ability to focus
Increases body awareness and overall muscle tone
*****Printing Tips & Options*******
Each card is approximately 3.75"W x 4.75"H in size (designed for 4 cards fit on a standard 8.5" x 11" piece of paper). That being said, you can adjust the size in your printer settings to customize the cards for your needs.
You can print more on a page for smaller cards (drop down menu in "More settings" where it says "Pages per sheet") and it will give you other options for how many cards you would like on a sheet, you can also change the scale and increase that number so the cards are slightly larger and closer together (see photos of screen captures).
NOTE: I recommend printing cards on white cardstock. I use the cards for class and the kids love them (many of them are featured on the pose cards!)
Mermaid Memory Game
Classic memory game for mermaid theme. 12 images on one page; print two copies of each page for the memory game, for a total of 24 cards.
Prep: Print two copies of page to have a matching pair of images. Cut cards on lines provided (makes 12 cards per sheet). I like to round the corners for a more finished look. Laminate if desired.
To Play: Turn cards over face down and players turn over two cards with each turn they have. The goal is to find a pair of matching pictures.
Benefits of memory game for children:
· helps improve memory
· helps younger children identify objects both visually and verbally
· encourages taking turns and sharing
· can be played alone of with more than one player
· can be used as a quiet activity or for a theme related center
Fish Number/Counting Puzzle
10 slides designed with simple two-piece puzzles.
There are fish-themed objects on one piece of the puzzle, and the number of objects both written and spelled on the other half of the puzzle.
The slides (each puzzle) is its own separate image, so they don't all come on one printed sheet as in the preview. I just made them smaller to fit on one page. There are defined borders on the actual slides (as in the photos of individual slides), but the outside borders don't show up in the preview or the main photo when they're posted on the same sheet.
To Play: Cut out puzzles and cut the two puzzle pieces apart. Laminate if you desire. Children have to match the number of objects to its partnering number.
Printing: These can be printed any number of sizes. I urge you to go into your printing settings and play around with the different options and look closely at the preview screen so you print exactly what you want.
*This makes a great activity when you need a quiet activity after some children have finished work
*As a math/puzzle/quiet center
*Attach a small piece of felt on the backs of the puzzle pieces and either attach felt to a small piece of cardboard and use for a felt board or place felt in the bottom of a plastic container and they can use it as their felt board if you're traveling.
Benefits of working puzzles:
*uses hand-eye coordination
*helps develop problem solving skills
*helps with learning numbers 1 - 10 by sight and counting objects
*helps develop fine motor skills
*teaches social skills when playing with others
If you have a question, please contact me -- I'm happy to answer any questions or clarify something.
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