Octopus O

Here’s what you’ll need to make your Octopus O:  blue, orange, and green construction paper, a marker, scissors, glue, and googly eyes.

1. Trace your child’s hands on orange paper (orange for “o”).

2. Cut them out as well as a large “O”.
3. Bend back the thumbs of the handprints and glue onto the blue piece of construction paper. Add the “O”.
4. Use a marker to outline the “O” so that it is evident it is a letter. Add googly eyes and a smile.

5. If your child is an older preschooler and used to using scissors, add some fine motor practice by having him cut out some wavy lines to make seaweed. Glue those on as well.

And there you have it…make sure to show your child the letter “O” and tell them that it makes the /o/ sound like we here at the beginning of octopus.

Literature Link:
Tickly Octopus
Tickly Octopus by Ruth Galloway (Appropriate for toddlers and younger preschoolers)
Good Thing You're Not an Octopus!
Good Thing You’re Not an Octopus by Julia Markes

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  1. How fun! I'm a sucker for handprint crafts…they're more personalized! Thanks for the book suggestions, too.

  2. Thanks for this idea! We're at home with a snow day today so I was looking for things to do with my not-quite-3yr old today.

    I'm not normally very crafty so what I have on hand turns out to be pretty limited…. but pink card stock + tempura paints made it into a painting craft for her. Waiting for the orange and green paint to dry on the octopus and seaweed now, and then we'll assemble it onto blue card stock.

    Beverley M

  3. So cute!!! I am in search for an “O” craft for this afternoon. This is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I will be back to use the great ideas on your site. thanks sooooo much for the ideas for my newest grandbaby and the classroom where I teach.

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