Create A Paper Chain Octopus

A great creative activity for children from two years old. This octopus will also add a fun 3D aspect to any under the sea display.

You will need:

  • Plain and coloured paper
  • Paint or collage materials
  • Scissors
  • Glue


On plain paper draw an outline for the octopus without the tentacles. Either paint or use collage materials to decorate the octopus. To make the tentacles, cut the coloured paper into thin strips. Glue the ends of the first strip together to make a ring, thread the second piece of paper through this ring and glue the ends together to make a chain. Continue this until you reach the desired length. Make eight paper chains and attach them with glue or a staple to the bottom of the octopus to complete.

Children can make individual octopuses, alternatively a large group activity will also look great as part of an under the sea theme. This activity will encourage the children to work together whilst also promoting hand eye coordination. If a large octopus is displayed with long tentacles, the last loop in the chain can be threaded with cotton and hung from the ceiling to make the display more three dimensional as the octopus comes off the wall.

Areas of learning covered:

  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Physical development
  • Personal and Social development
  • Creative development


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