Isn’t this the cutest octopus? I wish I could claim this cool design as my own, but I’m not that creative! I found this craft kit at Joann’s Fabric.
When you first open the kit you’ll find all of these objects. What I like is that the majority of the pieces already have adhesive on them. You will need some glue or glue dots for a couple of the pieces though.
Sort the pieces into 4 piles, large circles, medium circles, small circles, and purple arms.
Add the circles down one side of the arm. I used the tip of a pencil to push out the center of each circle.
Next add the purple band (it has adhesive on it already). Then add some glue in each slit. If I were to do this again, I would smoosh a glue dot in there, place the purple arm and then add some glue.
I added the inside purple piece that I had to punch out back on top of the arm for additional strength. Adding the arms is not going to be easy for young children. An adult will have to do it.
While I was fiddling with the octopus arms, my preschooler worked on a starfish. The body is cut out of craft foam. Pom poms are glued on for texture. It made a nice counting activity too.
After all the arms are on, add the eyes and the mouth. You end up with a cute treasure tin.
It is perfect for adding little things like letter o objects to be sorted, pom poms for patterning, sea shells, and other little things. I made a set of color matching cards for my toddler. I think it would make a cute center or workbox activity.
Aren’t They Cute?
(You might check out the sea horse craft for another ocean craft idea.) Feel free to download your own octopus color cards: