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Octopus Paper Bag Puppet Craft [Free Template]

Are you searching for a fun and simple ocean animal craft for kids to make?

If so, you’re going to love this octopus paper bag puppet craft! It’s cute, easy to make, and great for summertime.

We’re sharing a free printable template for it too! Be sure to download it and then watch our quick video tutorial to see exactly how we made it.

Also check out our ocean crafts for kids for lots more ideas!

Octopus Puppet Craft

paper bag octopus craft image collage  with the words paper bag octopus in the middle

Supplies

  • Brown paper bag
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • 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 paper bag octopus craft template

Make the octopus head by gluing the eyes just below the eyebrows, one on each side.

hand gluing eyes to paper bag octopus craft

Place the cheeks on the outside of the eyes and slightly lower, then glue them in place.

hand gluing cheeks to octopus head

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

hand drawing spots on octopus head

Glue the completed head to the flap portion of the brown paper bag.

hand gluing head to paper bag octopus

Position the blue rectangle on the main part of the brown paper bag and glue it down. Use a dark blue marker to draw waves on the paper.

hand gluing blue paper to paper bag octopus
hand drawing waves on paper bag octopus craft

Place the octopus body just below the head and glue it to the front of the blue paper.

hand gluing tentacles to paper bag

Finish by using the same marker to draw on the suction cups along the bottom of the tentacles.

hand drawing suckers on paper bag octopus craft

Your kids are going to love this cute 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!

hand holding paper bag octopus craft

Don’t stop here! We have lots more ocean crafts we think your children will love creating!

2 paper bag octopus crafts

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!

paper bag octopus craft

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For a chance to have your child’s craft featured, simply snap a picture of the completed project and post it to our Facebook page, email it to us directly by clicking here, or use #simpleeverydaymom on your social media!

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Octopus Paper Bag Puppet Craft

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make this octopus paper bag puppet with the kids this summer!

Materials

  • Brown paper bag
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Octopus template

Instructions

  1. Download the octopus template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Make the octopus head by gluing the eyes just below the eyebrows, one on each side.
  3. Place the cheeks on the outside of the eyes and slightly lower, then glue them in place.
  4. Use a marker to draw spots on the top of the octopus's head.
  5. Glue the completed head to the flap portion of the brown paper bag.
  6. Position the blue rectangle on the main part of the brown paper bag and glue it down. Use a dark blue marker to draw waves on the paper.
  7. Place the octopus body just below the head and glue it to the front of the blue paper.
  8. Finish by using the same marker to draw on the suction cups along the bottom of the tentacles.

Free Octopus Body Template

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Mrs H

Wednesday 28th of July 2021

Cute for Stage 1

Aditi

Tuesday 29th of June 2021

Super easy!!!

Sam

Thursday 1st of July 2021

Glad to hear that!

Nico

Monday 28th of June 2021

So cute!!

Sam

Thursday 1st of July 2021

Thank you, Nico!

Marycruz Cárdenas

Thursday 10th of June 2021

So cute!

Sam

Saturday 12th of June 2021

Thanks so much :)

naomi

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

Very Cute

Sam

Wednesday 2nd of June 2021

Thanks!

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