Octopuses are an important sea creature growing children need to be introduced to, so why not do it with a fun activity?
This octopus art and craft project is super easy, and can keep your little one busy for a while!
Plus, I’ve also included some cool octopus facts towards the end. So go ahead and give this a try!
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Supplies Needed For This Octopus Craft
- Colored Stock Card
- Black Marker Pen
- Iodised salt
- Watercolor Paints
How To Create This Octopus Craft Activity
Download and print out the Octopus template. Cut out the Octopus body, head, eyes and legs and set aside.
Glue the pieces together using a glue stick or white school glue.
Cut small bits of white paper and add to the edges to create “shine” and give it more life.
Your easy Octopus craft is done . Now it’s time to create a fun watercolor background.
You could also glue this Octopus to construction paper or print off white paper and color it in repeating the steps above.
To Paint Your Ocean Background
Prepare a surface with newspaper or a vinyl tablecloth for easy cleanup.
Set up your watercolor paints in shades of blue that you’d like to use.
Mix in some green and yellow for even more color.
Coat your paper in water until it’s damp but not soaked.
Use a paintbrush for this step.
Add watercolor paint and cover the paper.
Mix in some various shades of blue until you’re happy with how it looks.
Allow the paper to dry completely. This will take a while since it was so wet.
Once dry, glue the Octopus onto the paper.
These would make wonderful bulletin board crafts. Print the Octopus in various colors for a really fun look!
Your Octopus craft Is Now complete.
Start by downloading the free Octopus Template here, and then teaching your little one how to do it, while also educating him about octopuses with these fun facts.
Fun Octopus Crafts For Kids
- Octopuses have a round body, large eyes, and eight long arms.
- Most octopuses eat crabs, lobsters and shrimps, but larger ones may also eat sharks.
- When they are under threat, they release a dark inky fluid from their body, and sometimes, they are also able to change the color of their body to match the color of the surroundings.
- They usually live alone in dens made using rocks.
- Octopuses have no bones in their bodies.
Did your little one enjoy this octopus art and craft activity? Why not get him to try some more? Here are a few similar interesting ones.
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Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts, preschool music and reading with kids. Don’t forget to follow our fun crafts and creative ideas over on Facebook.