Let’s talk about octopus today and then I’ll show you how to make one with a few craft supplies. I bet you know quite a bit about an octopus already. Like do you know how many “arms” an octopus has? Yes, eight! Wow, do you think it would be cool to have 8 arms?! Is the body of an octopus soft or hard? It’s soft, so soft in fact that they can alter their shape so that they can squeeze through small spaces. How many eyes does an octopus have? It has 2 just like we do and they have excellent eyesight! Octopus are actually quite intelligent too. How do octopus protect themselves from predators? One way is to camouflage themselves into their surroundings so its hard for their enemy to see them. Another way is by expelling “ink” which is a dark colored substance and that gives them some time to swim quickly away. Did you know that when an octopus swims, it’s “arms” extend behind them? So, what do you think? Are octopus pretty cool? I think so too! Now let’s craft an octopus! 🙂
You will need 2 pipe cleaners (or chenille stems), 1 pom-pom, 2 wiggly eyes, a pair of wire cutters or strong scissors and some glue.
To begin, use the wire cutters to cut the 2 pipe cleaners in half so you have 4 pieces.
Arrange the pipe cleaners into a star pattern like in the picture below.
Wrap 1 of the pipe cleaners once around the group to hold them all together.
Curl each end of the pipe cleaners up a little bit for the octopus’s arms.
Put some glue in the center of the pipe cleaners…
…and place the pom-pom in the center. Push it firmly down into the glue and hold it in place for a few seconds.
Glue the 2 wiggly eyes to the pom-pom and your octopus is complete!
Find a fun place to display your octopus. Hmm, do you suppose an octopus would be good at playing the piano since it has so many arms? Haha! Yes, we are just being silly now but it’s fun to think about an octopus playing a piano! 😉
I hope you had fun learning a few facts about octopus and that you will have fun making your own! 🙂