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Octopus Handprint Craft For Kids [Free Template]

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Octopus are one our most favorite animals to see at the aquarium! They’re so mysterious and strange that we just can’t get enough of them.

This octopus handprint craft is a fun ocean craft for kids that only requires a few supplies.

It’s great for making with preschoolers, kindergarten, and elementary kids and it comes with a free printable template.

Download the template, then watch our quick video tutorial to see how we made this cute octopus craft.

Octopus Craft

handprint octopus image collage with the words handprint octopus in the middle

Supplies

  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Dark purple marker
  • Octopus template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you)

Directions

Download the octopus template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.

hand holding handprint octopus craft template

Trace your child’s left and right hand on a piece of colored cardstock, cut them out, and set them aside.

Create the octopus head by gluing the eyes slightly above the mouth.

hand gluing eye to handprint octopus

Next, glue the cheeks outside and below the eyes.

hand gluing cheek to handprint octopus

Use a dark orange marker to draw spots on the top of the octopus’s head.

hand drawing spots on handprint octopus head

Take your child’s handprints and cut the thumb off of one of them. Arrange the hands so the fingers are pointing down and slightly overlap them. You’ll want the hand without the thumb to be on top of the other hand. Glue the hands together.

hand cutting thumb off of orange handprint
hand gluing handprint together for handprint octopus

Glue the head to the palm section of the hands.

hand gluing head to handprint octopus

Use a dark orange marker to draw the suckers along the edge of the fingers.

hand drawing suckers on handprint octopus

Finish off the octopus by slightly curling the ends of the fingertips. You can bend them around the end of your finger or a pencil.

hands curling handprint octopus tentacles up

Now your child is done! Isn’t this octopus craft just perfect for summer?

hand holding handprint octopus craft

More Ocean Ideas For Kids

We love borrowing books from the library or buying some to add to our home collection. Reading is a great way to introduce a new unit and as you know, has tremendous benefits! Below are some of the top rated ocean books for kids!

The Snail and the Whale– Julia Donaldson, author of the famous book The Gruffalo, brings kids another fun book about an unlikely set of friends. Snail and Whale have lots of fun together in this colorful book!

Shark Lady– This children’s book is based upon the true story of Eugenie Clark, aka, The Shark Lady. Learn about her love of sharks, her discoveries, and the inspiring message of going after what you want in life.

The Rainbow Fish -This is a classic children’s book with a wonderful message for children. In it, a fish learns to share his favorite possession, his glittery scales, with his friends!

2 handprint octopus crafts

Looking for some more ocean craft ideas? We’ve got you covered!

handprint octopus craft

This ocean sensory bin is great for when you want something done for you. If you prefer the DIY route, try out this frozen ocean sensory bin.

Another fun option is this ocean play dough set. It’s sparkly and comes with several cool fish!

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Octopus Handprint Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 7 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This octopus handprint craft is a fun ocean craft for kids!

Materials

  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Octopus template

Instructions

  1. Download the octopus template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Trace your child's left and right hand on a piece of colored cardstock, cut them out, and set them aside.
  3. Create the octopus head by gluing the eyes slightly above the mouth.
  4. Next, glue the cheeks outside and below the eyes.
  5. Use a dark orange marker to draw spots on the top of the octopus's head.
  6. Take your child's handprints and cut the thumb off of one of them. Arrange the hands so the fingers are pointing down and slightly overlap them. You'll want the hand without the thumb to be on top of the other hand. Glue the hands together.
  7. Glue the head to the palm section of the hands.
  8. Use a dark orange marker to draw the suckers along the edge of the fingers.
  9. Finish off the octopus by slightly curling the ends of the fingertips. You can bend them around the end of your finger or a pencil.

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