Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Octopus Fun!

Hello all, it's Megan again.  I'm here to share a few fun activities that highlight the octopus.  

We started off by learning about the octopus, where it lives (the ocean), how many legs/tentacles it has (eight), what color they are (they can change their color to match their surrounding), and what they like to eat (crabs, mollusks and crayfish).  These facts were more than enough for my 3 year old, but more can be found on the internet or in a library book for older children.  

Then we made a craft, our very own pet octopus!  We used an empty toilet paper tube, and Vaughn painted it with his poster paints.  

When it dried, I used scissors to give it eight legs.  

Then we pasted eyes made out of scrap paper on it, and gave it some dots.
Here's our finished project!

For lunch, we had macaroni and cheese with an octopus perched on top.  The macaroni and cheese can be whatever you want to use- I cheated and used a box mix.  You could also use spaghetti.  For the octopi we used hot dogs.   Before the hot dogs were cooked, I cut the hot dog into quarters about 3/4 of the way up, then split the quarters in half to make eight legs.

Then we threw the hot dogs in with the macaroni while it was cooking, and the legs all curled up so they looked like octopus tentacles.  

Finally, we perched the octopus on a bed of macaroni and cheese.

Hope you can use these fun activities in your own household!  

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