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Five Little Octopuses Activities and Craft

Children will have fun learning about octopuses as they complete the online book activities. They will learn scientific vocabulary such as the word "camouflage" as they delve deep under the ocean to read about five little octopuses that change colors and then disappear, until eventually there are none.

Before Reading

Ask your children what they know about octopuses. Where do they live? How do they look like? Explain that another name for octopuses is octopi, which is the plural of octopus. Look at pictures of octopuses together with children. Explain that octopuses live in the ocean and that they can change color to blend in with their surroundings. If threatened, octopuses shoot an inky fluid that darkens the water to confuse their attacker. View the GIANT PACIFIC OCTOPUS video from kids.nationalgeographic.com.

Language and Science

Octopus colors/camouflage
I
n advance, print and cut out the different colors of octopuses to use on a blue flannel board. You could make craft stick octopus puppets as well. 

Preschool Activities: 

Place one octopus on the board.

This Octopus Swims in the Ocean
(Tune: My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean)
by Jolanda Garcia, KidsSoup Inc.

A red octopus swims in the ocean.
A red octopus swims in the sea.
A red octopus swims in the ocean.
Oh, octopus change color for me! (Switch octopus with another color - use the blue octopus last.)

Discuss with children why the blue octopus is harder to see (because it the same color as the blue water). To demonstrate, add the red octopus on the felt board. Explain to children that some animals are able to camouflage themselves by changing color. Write the word "camouflage" on a piece of paper or the board. Have children repeat the word after you several times. Tell children that the octopus's ability to camouflage itself helps the octoups hide and to be safe, like a game of hide and seek.

Free Octopus Printables

 

During Reading

Have children listen to the online Twiggle Book Five Little Octopuses or read it to your children. Afterwards, give your children a chance to read the book with you or aloud to you. 

After Reading

Let children trace circles on the octopuses, draw five octopuses, or practice writing the number words one, two, three, four, five. For independent reading, print out the printable version of the booklets.

Craft and Snack:

Lollipop Octopus cupkatesandparties.blogspot.com

Cut issue paper in to squares. Wrap lollipop with tissue paper. Cut two pipe cleaners in half and then again in half until you have 4 pieces. Wrap each pipe cleaner around the bottom of the sucker and twist the ends to keep the tissue paper in place. Glue two wiggly eyes on the head. 

Math / Pre-Writing

Ask children if they remember how many arms an octopus has. Yes, an octopus has eight long arms. Look at the Number 8 Octopus Pre-Writing Worksheet and let children trace the number eight with different colors of crayons. Then, let children count and color the eight arms. 

Number 8 Octopus Pre-Writing Worksheet

Movement

Octopus, Octopus
Octopus, octopus, turn around.
Octopus, octopus, touch the ground.
Octopus, octopus, reach up high.
Octopus, octopus, swimming by.

Fine Motor Skills

Science Exploring Suction
You'll need:
Suction cups and different types of flat metal or plastic lids, tray, water, and wiggly eyes, strong glue.

Explain to children that octopuses typically drop down on their prey from above and use the powerful suctions on their arms to hold the animal and pull it into their mouth. Attach wiggly eyes on the side of the plastic container with a strong contact glue. Add a little water inside the tray and place lids and add the suction cup octopuses.

Preschool Activities: 

Explain the suction cups need to be wet to be able to create a suction.  Let children explore lifting the lids with the suction cups. 

Preschool Activities: 
 
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Book Suggestion:

An Octopus Is Amazing (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)

 

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