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Octopus Pen Holder
Easy Ocean Craft for Kids
It is good for kids to do craft. It helps them develop in many different ways, at the same time doing something which is fun.At the same time it's a way of drawing closer together, working side by side.
Here, we will show how we made our Octopus Pen Holder. It took a few days, since the glue and the colors had to dry, but we were patient. The result was good, we are now using it to keep our pens handy when doing craft!
We just love this picture of Ocean Friends, Olga
In this beautifully photographed book, three leading marine biologists bring readers face to face with these amazingly complex animals that have fascinated scientists for decades.
We have done a number of craft projects which involve ocean creatures. In this way, despite a very cold winter, we remembered the beautiful days we had spent by the sea. Have a look in the sidebar to the right for more links.
Octopus Pen Holder-Step 1 - Materials
These are the basic materials we used to make the Octopus Pen Holder !
Octopus Pen Holder -Step 2 - Get Started On Your Octopus!
Here you can involve even small children.The first thing to do is to take some newspapers, roll them tightly, and wrap them around the tin. Fastened them with self-adhesive tape. While I was doing that, my children were making the octopus' legs from stiff paper.They colored them with pencils on one side, and with felt pens on the other. Who said an octopus can't have green legs?
Octopus Toy - With Music
Octopus Pen Holder -Step 3
After this,we put the legs in the paper, fastening them with glue and tape.
The family, that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor in our innermost hearts never quite wish to.
Octopus Pen Holder -Step 4
Mix vinyl glue with equal amount of water. Use the brush to put glue on the newspapers, then stick pieces of kitchen paper on top. Brush with the glue on top of the paper, and continue like this,but not on the legs.The purpose is to get a nice, hard surface to paint on. While waiting for the glue to dr,y we put it on top of another container.
Octopus Pen Holder - Step 5
The last thing to do is to...paint it and decorate it with glitter glue.
A really nice, hand-painted octopus replica made of vinyl (phthalate-free).
Octopus Pen Holder
This is our very own Olly the Pen Holder. We needed a big one, to keep all our felt pens and color pencils. You might want to make a smaller one, depending on your needs.
Is perfection important?
When you do crafts, especially with kids, do you think the result has to be perfect?
Tip of the Day!
If you want your pen holder to look like a Dracula Octopus, put a lot of glitter glue on the mouth, and leave it standing upright. The paint will run down, giving it a nice set of fangs!
Octopus Craft - Ocean Craft
How to make an octopus from an empty toilet roll.
Making an octopus from a paper plate.
- First School
A number of crafts and activities to use for learning about the octopus.
- Nick Jr
Cute and easy octopus craft with felt.
- Enchanted Learning
Papier Mache Octopus Craft, a bit messy but nice!
- Artists Helping Children
Different kinds of octopus craft for different levels, cutting, crocheting and much more.
- coloring ws (sister site of DLTK's)
Octopus coloring pages
Squid or Octopus?
Differences and Similarities
"Octopuses live in dens on the sea floor, while squids live in the open oceans. Octopuses use their eight sucker-lined arms to capture their prey and move about on the ocean floor. Squids have eight arms lined with suckers and two specialized tentacles that they use to reach out and capture prey."
Read the really interesting article about squids and octopuses, what they eat and how they look like - Vancouver Aquarium
The picture shows a Bioluminescent Cock-eye Squid