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Octopus Craft for Kids

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This is the first craft in a week-long series of ocean animals, each made using a popsicle stick triangle as the foundation. And each one cuter than the one before. Today we are making this octopus craft for kids. You can feel free to check out the template for this craft (all of the tentacles included) or you can feel free to just free hand each of the eight legs.

See the other crafts in this series…DOLPHIN, FISH, SEA TURTLE, OYSTER, and CRAB


  • 3 Large popsicle sticks
  • Newspaper
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Scissors
  • Purple construction paper
  • Purple paint
  • 2 Medium googly eyes
  • Glue stick

If you are a hard working parent who would love to find time to create with your kids but just can’t seem to find the time, you have definitely come to the right place. I know how challenging it can be to find time for the things that we love and know are important. So, to make it actually do-able, every single craft you will find here on this site is kept simple and uses the same master list of basic craft supplies that fit into one bag. Once you fill your bag, you will be all set to go! Less prep, less time, less mess!

Step 1: Make the Triangle

  • Glue the 3 large large popsicle sticks into a triangle shape
  • Allow the glue time to dry
  • *You may want to make the triangles the day before and let them dry over night so that you are ready to go. As a matter of fact, make several so that you can craft away.
Make a Popsicle Stick Triangle Frame
Make a triangle frame

Step 2: Paint

  • Place the completed triangle popsicle stick frame on the newspaper and squeeze out a little purple paint.
  • Pinch your pompom with the clothespin to form a “paint brush”
  • Paint your triangle. This may require a couple of coats.
  • Allow the paint to dry while you are cutting out the parts of your octopus.
  • *Tip: Be sure to pick the triangle frame up off the of the newspaper after you paint it so that it doesn’t stick to the paper. You may have to go back and move it a couple of times while it is drying.

Step 3: Build the Foundation

  • Trace the triangle frame onto the purple construction paper. Then cut about 1/8″ inside the lines.
  • Glue the paper triangle onto the back of the frame using your glue stick.
  • OR Print and trace the triangle included in the template. Cut it out and glue it in place.

Step 4: Add the Details

  • Draw 8 tentacles on the purples construction paper and cut them out
  • OR print the template, trace the parts (choosing whatever tentacles you want that add up to 8) and cut the pieces out. If you using the template, you will want to round off the tops of the tentacles that you choose to put on the front of the octopus.
  • Glue the tentacles in place, some in front and some on the back.
  • Add the googly eyes. I chose to use different sizes to give him a little bit of character, but you should use whatever size you think is best.
  • Draw on details using your markers.

Cutting out the tentacles for this project is a more advanced scissor skill. You can make this craft with toddlers if you cut out all of the parts first. Just have them do the painting and gluing of all the parts. For preschoolers learning to cut, have them try to cut out the triangle shape. Make sure that you draw the border using a bold marker to make it easier. As always, only give as much help as is absolutely necessary. It is okay if it is not perfect…really! By doing it for your child, you are only teaching them that you can do it better. So, let them try!

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