What is our theme? Ocean Creatures
What is the lesson (overall purpose)?
Learning about our 8 legged ocean friend the Octopus.
CD60 The younger toddler experiments with various wet and dry materials to discover their properties
CD66 The younger toddler explores with sensory art materials and uses them to create visual effects
CD69 The older toddler creatively explores and experiments using a variety of sensory materials and art mediums
An octopus is an eight legged creature that lives in the ocean. Octopus legs are called tentacles. An octopus swims in order to get from one place to another.
Songs, Books & Videos (Motivational Techniques)
https://youtu.be/oxawhfXGGt8 Video: Real footage of Octopus swimming.
https://youtu.be/JhEbBiVxH9o Music: The Octopus Song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZvxQBh5jdw&list=UUv6xVX_RuUcNrmsq6MJ6a2Q Story: Jolly Olly Octopus read by Ms. Naomi
https://www.busymommymedia.com/toilet-paper-roll-octopus-craft/ Toilet Paper roll Octopus
- Empty toilet paper roll
- Waterproof paint
- Googly eyes
Have mom or dad cut the toilet paper tube about 2 inches from the bottom of the tube. Do this all the way around the tube so that you make 8 tentacles. (legs) Bend each tentacle in an outward direction so the octopus can stand on its own. Now you can paint your octopus any color you choose. When the paint dries add googly eyes and any other decorations you want.
Activity Wrap Up:
Try pointing to each tentacle (leg) and counting them from 1-8.
What color did you choose to paint your octopus?
Take a picture of your octopus and send it to me so I can see your work!
How do I know what my child is learning? (Assessment)
Can your child count the tentacles from 1-8?
Ask your child where the octopus lives?
How does it get from one place to another?
How can you extend this activity? (Modifications):
Try adding some string or yarn to the top of your octopus and then it can hang in a special place in your house!
Helpful Hints: (Pitfalls & Solutions):
If you don’t have an empty toilet tissue tube, you can easily roll up a piece of construction paper or plain white paper into a tube shape for the octopus body.
No paint? Crayons or markers will do the job? Drawing on the eyes is ok if you don’t have googly eyes.