Here’s a super cute ocean animal craft for kids– paper cup octopus craft! Not only is it fun to make, but it also provides fine motor practice for little ones.
Today, we are adding another ocean craft – the Paper Cup Octopus to our craft repository.
We have been reading one of our favorite books in our Toddler Class– Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae. If you haven’t read his books before you need to buy or borrow them now! They’re fabulous for toddlers and preschoolers and you’ll find them in almost every early learning classroom.
Supplies need to make a paper Cup Octopus Craft:
- Paper Cup
- Googly Eyes
- Acrylic paint – Orange
- Paint brush
- Chalk markers – White & Pink
To make the Paper Cup Octopus Craft:
Start with a clean paper cup. We had small cups, but you can use the longer ones too. Using Scissors, make 8 cuts around the cup. Make sure that you only cut halfway and not till the edge of the cup. This will form the head & the legs of the octopus. Slowly open to form a flower-like structure.
Using Acrylic paints and a brush, paint the Paper Cup Orange. Use a plastic sheet or newspapers to protect your surface. make sure all sides are coated uniformly. Let dry completely. It will take about 10 minutes or so
Once the paper cup is completely dry, use your thumb and forefinger to slightly curl the ends of the cup upwards. The curled edges are the tentacles.
Using Pink markers, draw circles on the body of the paper cup octopus. Now outline each pink circle with a white marker. You can use acrylic paints and an ear bud to add dots in case you don’t have chalk markers.
Using a glue gun or a strong glue like Elmers or Fevicol, glue the googly eyes onto the octopus’s head.
Voila! your Paper cup Octopus craft is ready!