What You Need:
- One 8½“ x 11” craft foam sheet in any color
- ¾ ” wide wired ribbon
- Waterproof markers or crayons
- Piece of string or wire
What You Do:
- Cut a Foamie sheet into a 9” by 5” size.
- Help your child to divide the 9” side into eight 1” segments with ½” on each end.
- Measure and draw a line 2½" up from each segment. This is how far you will cut to create the octopus' tentacles.
- Have your child draw a face in the center of the unlined portion of the Foamie sheet.
- Cut along each line until you have 8 distinct tentacles.
- Securely glue a 2½” length of wired ribbon to each tentacle.
- Invite your child to draw decorations on each tentacle.
- Show her how to curl up each tentacle by bending the foam.
- Shape the Foamie sheet into a tube shape, overlapping ½” on each side.
- Have your child glue the ends of the octopus together securely.
- Invite your child to hang the octopus on the porch or at a window, so that it is visible to those passing by!
- Take this opportunity to educate your child about octopus facts.
Did You Know?
The octopus is the smartest of all animals without spines! It has a whole arsenal of defensive maneuvers. To escape from predators, they can hide easily, flee the scene, expel a cloud of ink, or disguise itself with protective color camouflage. If you were an octopus predator, you may be looking right at an octopus and not even know it's there!