Download the Free Octopus Craft Template and make this Ocean craft for toddlers. Find step-by-step instructions and Paper Crafts for kids on CraftingJeannie.com!
How cute is this octopus craft?! It would be great for an ocean lesson, Scout meeting or classroom party. Get the Free Octopus Template below and you will be able to make enough supplies for a group of 20 kids (or more!) with about 10 minutes of cutting.
Do you want more Ocean Animal fun? My Ocean Animal Activity Packet will entertain kids for hours. It includes 12 printable activities and 2 craft templates!
Here’s what you need:
Here’s what you need for this octopus craft (This post contains affiliate links to the products mentioned. Read my disclosure policy for more information):
- Free Octopus Template <— Get it Here!
- colored copy paper, colored cardstock, or construction paper
- scissors (good pair)
- glue sticks
- black marker (for face and tentacle details)
Step 1: Download and Print the Free Octopus Craft Template
Download the Free Octopus Printable. You will be stapling the templates to sheets of colored paper and cutting out shapes up to 10 at a time.
Step 2: Staple and cut out the Octopus craft shapes
Once you have the print outs, staple them to construction paper and cut out the shapes you need.
Note: If you want to make this craft with a group of kids, you can staple the template to up to 10 sheets of copy paper, 5 sheets of cardstock or 5-8 sheets of construction paper.
So, did you know that you can staple together 10 pieces of copy paper and cut out 10 shapes at a time?! That’s my SECRET to fast & easy crafting. Stapling the paper is very important because it makes sure it doesn’t move as you cut. The more staples the better. Cardstock is the thickest so you may only be able to cut 5 sheets at a time.
Tip: While you’re cutting, if you cut off all parts of the pages that have staples, make sure to re-staple the sheets that are left. Whenever you’re cutting multiple sheets at a time, make sure they are always stapled together!
Optional Tip: Print the Octopus Craft Template directly onto Construction Paper
You can also print or copy the template directly onto construction paper and have each child cut out the pieces on their own. My mind was blown when I learned to print directly onto construction paper!
Just trim the construction paper to the 8×10 size using copy paper as a template (you should easily be able to trim multiple sheets at a time).
And, if you can, adjust your printer settings to “draft” quality or a setting that uses less ink, which might be helpful as well. Construction paper is pretty notorious for absorbing liquid.
Then, if you plan to pre-cut the pieces, just get busy cutting out your shapes.
Step 3: How to Assemble this Ocean Craft for Preschool
The children will just need to glue it all together!
- Glue all of the legs to the back of the octopus
- Draw on the face
- Draw dots as tentacle details
And you’re finished!
It took me about 10 minutes to have the supplies for 20 kids. How amazing is that?! Now you’re ready to take your Octopus craft to your event.
This is a great beach craft for preschoolers or an ocean craft to make just for fun. And, it’s the perfect Octopus Craft for kids, Kindergarteners, Toddlers, Daycare, or just a fun craft at home idea.
More Easy Paper Crafts for Kids
If you liked this craft, check out some of my other Ocean Animal Crafts for Kids.
As always, I try to make my classroom and party crafts fast, easy & inexpensive. Enjoy!