{story & art} Octopus’ Den

Written by Mommy Cameron | Homeschooling

We finally got back around to doing a stART project.  We also included a little bit of a science this week. 

Sorry for the blurry picture, Thing 1 was having his octopus swim.

Our book this week was Octopus’ Den by Deirdre Langeland.

This is a story is “a day in the life of” kind of book.  It goes through what might be an octopus’ typical day.  How he hunts, protects himself, and finds a home.  My oldest has been absolutely in love with this book since one his great grandparents brought it to him.

The first thing we did was make our octopus craft.

bubble wrap – cut into 8 inch strips
plastic yogurt container
white paper
wiggly eyes

1.  Before I introduced the boys to their craft, I prepared the bottom of the yogurt container by putting a small hole in it.  I also made and cut out a pattern to go around the outside of the yogurt container.  I simply did this by laying container on a large sheet of paper, turning the container and using the crayon to outline this as I turned the container.

2.  I gave the boys 8 bubble wrap strips, the white sheet of paper that goes around the container and some paint.

3.  Once everything is dry, then tape the paper and the strips to the yogurt container. Then add the wiggly eyes.

4.  Attach a string to the top of the container through the hole that you made earlier.

The boys having their octopus’ swim.

We also did a little bit of a science experiment.  I wanted to give the boys an idea of how the octopus’ ink defense works.  So we did this really simple experiment.

clear cup
food coloring

1. Fill the glass with water.  Take the time to talk about how you can see through the water.  We even looked at each other through the glass.

2.  Give the kid the food coloring.  Tell a story about how the octopus spots the eel (like he did in the story).  Have them tell you what the octopus did.  Then have them shoot the food coloring into the water.

3.  Talk about what happens to the water.  Try to look through the glass again and notice how you can’t see each other anymore.

The boys really enjoyed the experiment and completely understood how the octopus’ ink defense really works.  They were so excited and intrigued that they wanted to show Daddy Cameron when he got home.

What fun octopus’ books have you read?  Have you done any fun activities or crafts?



Comments: 4

  1. Jill says:

    I am just hopping over from my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop to thank you for linking up this week! I love the octopus art project (very clever). What a fantastic science experiment to visualize the octopus ink. Thank you for sharing such wonderful ideas with everyone!

  2. Cindy says:

    Oh how I love both of these activities!! We recently began studying animals around the globe. Right now we’re spending a lot of time getting to know the arctic region, but once we get to ocean life, I’ll definitely be putting these on our agenda! Thanks for the wonderful ideas!!

  3. Aimee says:

    This is fantastic- I just pinned it on Pinterest! Thank you for sharing this with us on The Sunday Showcase ~Aimee Hope to see you next week!