Sunday, May 5, 2013

Orange Octopus (Single Stem Post)

We did the letter O this week (that post coming soon) and read the book Tickly Octopus by Ruth Galloway. We also sang a song called Orange Octopus from DLTK so we thought we would make an Orange Octopus. This idea was a collaborative effort with Roly Poly (4 yrs) and myself. Ever since my older son, Hornet made a cute frog mixing blue and yellow to make green in a Ziplock bag I have been wanting to do that idea, which worked great for our orange octopus. It was Hornet’s idea for the cheerios (or O’s as we’ve been calling them this week) for the suction cups on the tentacles. Speaking of tentacles, we did some test to see what material would work best. Surveyors tape looks cool but it doesn’t hold the cheerios very well. Felt holds the cheerios but you can’t let the glue sit very long because it soaks in and we also needed to use tacky glue to have the felt stick to the Ziplock. Paper works good as well but tacky glue is also best for attaching tentacles to the bag.  

Enjoy this single stem idea of Orange Octopus for
Sprouts and Seedlings (toddler/preschool and elementary age)...
The Stuff
The FUN!
Ziplock bag
Yellow paint
Red Paint
Tape (I use clear packing tape)
Orange felt or paper
White circle
Black marker
1. Put a dollop of yellow paint and a bit of red paint into a Ziplock bag. I taped the top with clear packing tape.

2. Kids squish the bag together to make orange!

3. Cut 8 tentacles out of felt or paper and use tacky glue to glue to bottom of Ziplock bag.  

4. Glue cheerios to the tentacles.

5. Make eyeballs with white circles and marker and glue or tape down to the bag. We taped ours.  

Let dry and display! We have ours in the window and the light looks cool coming through them!
Add yellow and red paint to a bag and tape the top.
Squish the paint to make orange!
Glue cheerios (suction cups) to the tentacles.
Glue everything together, let dry and display!
Tickly Octopus by Ruth Galloway
More ideas…
Please BRAINSTORM your ideas/suggestions in the COMMENTS below for the Orange Octopus!
Happy Crafting
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