Make the supplies for this Paper Octopus for a group of kids, with step-by-step instructions and Free Printable Template!
How cute is this octopus?! It would be great for an ocean lesson, Scout meeting or classroom party. Get the Free Octopus Printable 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 (This post contains affiliate links to the products mentioned. Read my disclosure policy for more information):
- Free Octopus Printable <— 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 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 shapes
Once you have the print outs, staple them to up to 10 sheets of copy paper, 5 sheets of cardstock or 5 sheets of construction paper. That’s my SECRET to fast & easy crafting. Did you know, you can staple together 10 pieces of copy paper and cut out 10 shapes at a time?! Stapling the paper is very important because it makes sure it doesn’t move as you cut. The more staples the better.
Tip: While you’re cutting, if you’ve 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!
Tip: print this 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. 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, that 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
The kids 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 would be a great craft for an ocean lesson, preschool, elementary school, girl scouts, boy scouts or just a fun school party idea.
Don’t forget to check out our other ocean crafts, which also include a shark!
As always, I try to make my classroom and party crafts fast, easy & inexpensive. Enjoy!