Baby E LOVES the octopus. We did her nursery in an underwater theme, and for whatever reason the Octopus took the cake. It was one of her first words and she continues to enjoy saying it to every octopus she meets in her books and toys. So when I came across an idea for an Octopus art project on Simple Living Mama I decided to give it a whirl.
The project was designed for older toddlers and preschoolers, so I wasn’t sure E would get a lot out of it, but at least the result would be cute right? Well she ended up loving the project, so we made three. At first she was confused as to what we were doing with this whole hand tracing thing, but once she saw the octopus appear from her traced hands she wanted to make some more! After we made them she decorated them with some crayon scribbles.
We have an art “wall”, otherwise known as or our slider door to the porch. E really enjoys displaying her art projects up there and looking at them. She had octopus number three in hand to play with, and once she saw the first two displayed she came over and handed it to me to be hung with it’s buddies. And so we are in a very cute Octopus garden of sorts.
Here’s how to create your own Octopus Art:
You’ll need Paper, Pen/Pencil, Scissors
Trace the four fingers of each hand side by side, excluding the thumb.
Draw an oval or circle (depending on paper size and octopus style preference)
And voila! An easy art project for toddlers through preschoolers.
For older kids, you can use this in conjunction with letter recognition for “O”, one to one correspondence with counting to eight for the eight arms, and do a fun art project with decorating the sea creatures too.