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Paper Plate Octopus Craft For Kids [Free Template]

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One of the most magical creatures in the ocean has to be the octopus!

They’re amazing ability to camouflage, squeeze through tiny holes, and unique appearance make it one of kids’ favorite ocean animals.

This paper plate octopus craft is great for little octopus fans!

Not only will this craft engage those little minds, it’s also perfect for expressing creativity and following direction.

Check out our quick video below to see how to create this craft, then download the free printable template.

If you need more ideas, look at all of our ocean crafts for kids.

Octopus Paper Plate Craft

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

Supplies

  • Paper Plate
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Paint (we used orange and blue)
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Black 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 paper plate octopus template

Paint a paper plate in 1-2 thin coats of paint. Let it dry before moving on.

hand painting paper plate blue

Place the octopus head template on the paper plate, trace with a pencil, and cut it out.

Position the eyes in the middle of the head, one on each side of the head, and glue them in place.

hand gluing eyes onto paper plate octopus craft

Use the black marker to draw on the mouth and eyebrows. Next, use a marker (in a couple shades darker than the paint you used) to draw spots on the top of the octopus’s head.

hand drawing spots on top of paper plate octopus head

Take the tentacles and wrap each one around your fingers or a marker to get the to curl. We wrapped the outside tentacles tightly and the middle tentacles loosely.

hand wrapping tentacle paper around marker

Place the 8 tentacles around the bottom of the octopus head and glue them in place.

hand gluing tentacles onto paper plate octopus craft

That’s it! This is one fun ocean animal craft the kids are sure to enjoy!

hand holding octopus paper plate 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!

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hand holding octopus paper plate 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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Paper Plate Octopus Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Drying Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This paper plate octopus is a fun summer craft for kids to make!

Materials

  • Paper Plate
  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Paint (we used orange and blue)
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Octopus template

Instructions

  1. Download the octopus template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Paint a paper plate in 1-2 thin coats of paint. Let it dry before moving on.
  3. Place the octopus head template on the paper plate, trace with a pencil, and cut it out.
  4. Position the eyes in the middle of the head, one on each side of the head, and glue them in place.
  5. Use the black marker to draw on the mouth and eyebrows. Next, use a marker (in a couple shades darker than the paint you used) to draw spots on the top of the octopus's head.
  6. Take the tentacles and wrap each one around your fingers or a marker to get them to curl. We wrapped the outside tentacles tightly and the middle tentacles loosely.
  7. Place the 8 tentacles around the bottom of the octopus head and glue them in place.

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