Summer craft time is the best! We try and set some time aside each day for some arts and crafts projects. Some days we do pick your own project, and other days we do a more structured activity. This Easy Paper Plate Octopus Craft for Kids is a super cute ocean themed sea animal craft that is perfect for kids of all ages!

– Life Over C's blue octopus paper plate craft for kids

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Materials for Octopus Paper Plate Craft

  • Paper Plate
  • Hole Punch
  • String
  • Blue Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Googly Eyes
  • Sharpie

Making an octopus craft is also a wonderful craft idea for kids if you are on vacation and looking for a quiet activity to do while you take a break inside from the sun.

You just need a few simple materials for this octopus craft preschool activity.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Do Art and Craft Activities?

Besides the fact that kids love arts and crafts projects, there are so many other reasons you should do art and craft activities with your child.

Develop a Child’s Creativity: Arts and crafts projects are a wonderful way to allow your child to show off their creative side.

Fine Motor Skills: Using supplies like scissors, hole punches, and glue bottles is awesome for strengthening fine motor skills.

Hand-eye Coordination: Activities like sprinkling glitter, placing small pieces of confetti, and cutting out shapes from pieces of construction paper helps with hand/eye coordination.

Calming Space: Art activities can provide a safe space for children who are feeling upset or frustrated and need to calm down.

Following Directions: Projects that require kids to follow step by step directions are great for working on listening and reading comprehension skills.

Materials needed for the Octopus Ocean Craft:

  • Large paper plate 
  • Blue craft paint
  • Blue yarn
  • Paint brush
  • Hole punch
  • Self stick googly eyes (or glue if they aren’t self stick)
  • Black permanent marker
  • Scissors
– Life Over C's Overhead view of the supplies for an octopus paper plate craft.

How To Make Octopus Paper Plate Craft:

Cut your paper plate in half.

Paint one side of the paper plate (I normally use the white side) with the blue paint. Apply a second coat if needed and allow to completely dry.

– Life Over C's Half a paper plate painted blue to make an octopus craft.

Using the hole punch, punch 8 holes across the bottom flat part of the plate. Space the holes out as evenly as possible.

Cut 8 pieces of yarn into 12 inch long pieces.

– Life Over C's A blue painted paper plate half with holes punched along the bottom.

Place the yarn through the hole going from the painted side to the unpainted side. Tie a knot on the unpainted side. Repeat with the rest of the pieces of yarn and punched out holes.

– Life Over C's String tied onto a paper plate half for a paper plate octopus craft.

Stick or glue the googly eyes onto the paper plate and draw a mouth.

Display and enjoy your fun octopus craft!

– Life Over C's A completed octopus paper plate craft on a polka dot background.

Extend the Activity:

Try Ribbon or Streamers

Use colorful ribbons or streamers instead of yarn for the tentacles on your paper plate octopus for preschool.

Make It Sparkle

Add some glitter detail to your octopus using glitter paint, glitter glue, or by making glue designs and sprinkling glitter on them.

Different Sizes

Try creating a smaller paper plate craft octopus by using smaller size plates.

Bubble Wrap Texture

Press bubble wrap in paint and dab it onto your paper plate to create a fun pattern on your octopus.

Pretend Play

Use your paper octopus in an ocean themed sensory bin for some pretend play fun!

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– Life Over C's An octopus craft using a paper plate, string, and googly eyes.
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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