Letter of the Week Craft: O is for Octopus

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I’m Anna from The Measured Mom, and my big kids (ages 3, 4, and 6) all loved this octopus craft for the letter O.  I hope your kids have fun with it too!  Be sure to check out the rest of our crafts and snacks in Crystal and Company’s Letter of the Week series!

letter of the week o is for octopus

O is for Octopus letter of the week Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 plain piece of construction paper
  • letter O and eight octopus arms (cut from this pattern: O is for Octopus pattern)
  • school glue
  • glue stick
  • Cheerios (or your generic equivalent :))
  • googly eyes

O is for Octopus letter of the week

1. Glue the O onto the top center of the paper.

O is for Octopus letter of the week

2. Put down two dots of glue and add the googly eyes. (My three-year-old hasn’t quite figured out how to put down glue dots yet!)

O is for Octopus letter of the week

3. Add the octopus’s eight arms.

O is for Octopus letter of the week 4. Here’s the fun part!  Put three dots of glue on each arm, and add the Cheerios — they’re the suction cups.  I put down the glue dots for my three-year-old.  His four-year-old brother (pictured) and six-year-old sister did everything themselves.

O is for Octopus letter of the week

And here are our lovely octopi!


Here’s an action rhyme that teachers love for quieting down the class:

Open, shut them,
Open, shut them,
Give a little clap.
Open, shut them,
Open, shut them,
Lay them in your lap.

And here’s a lesser known nursery rhyme:

Old Mother Goose,
When she wanted to wander,
Would ride through the air
On a very fine gander.


octopus followed me home

An Octopus Followed Me Home, by Dan Yaccarino

Kids will love this silly story about a pig-tailed little girl who begs to keep an octopus.  The story gets even sillier when we learn about all the strange pets she’s already begged to keep: the crocodile under the bed, the goats on the roof, the seals in the pool… A bonus is that this funny tale is told in rhythmic rhyme.


Olivia, by Ian Falconer

Olivia is an irresistible little pig with a whole lot of personality.  “Diva” comes to mind!  ” She is good at singing 40 loud songs and is very good at wearing people out!”  Olivia is a true individual – and we love her!  You can’t go wrong with any of the Olivia books – but to get the best, make sure they’re written by the original author and not based on the television show.  The original stories have a character and quality unmatched by books written to promote a television series.


Owen, by Kevin Henkes

If you have a preschooler who can’t bear the thought of leaving his blanket at home… this book is a must-read.  Henkes has a knack for writing about issues that are real to kids. In this story, Owen the mouse brings his blanket everywhere… and no matter what his parents try, he can’t give it up.  Finally his mom finds the perfect solution.



Anna taught eight years and received her MEd in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus on literacy. In 2007 she began her career as a stay-at-home mom. She has four children – a girl (6) and three boys (4,3,1). She enjoys teaching them at home and after her daughter’s morning at school. Anna blogs at www.themeasuredmom.com.

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  1. Katherine G says:

    This is a great craft idea

  2. I love the O book list! Great choices and I think it’s so important for kids to recognize the letter in context and in isolation. You have a perfect combo here.

    1. Isn’t it a great listing of books to read? Love it too!

    1. Thank you Lexie. Currently we have crafts for A-P and will continue to add a new craft each week until we reach the letter Z.

  3. Debbie @ http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/ says:

    I love the alphabet crafts! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing at Titus 2 Tuesday! Now, on to look at the other letters!

    1. Debbie- thanks for pinning and helping us spread the word about our letter of the week crafts.

  4. I am a retired teacher now caring for my 4 year old grandson and took forward to doing these activities with him.

    1. Deloris- how exciting. Your grandson will really enjoy these letter of the week crafts I am sure!

  5. Super cute letter O craft! I pinned & stumbled it =)

    Thanks for linking up to TGIF! I hope you pop over and link up again today. Have a GREAT weekend
    Beth =)

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