Last week when we made our sandy spider webs, my preschooler wanted to do another craft right away. Toilet paper tube crafts are fun and cheap, and thankfully I had plenty of toilet paper tubes saved up in the craft area to make a toilet paper tube octopus or two.
When she finished cutting the legs, it was time to color. I had colored my example with crayon. We decided marker would show up a lot better. To keep the mess to a minimum I had her color on a scrap sheet of paper. Of course she chose purple!
She drew on a face and the suction cups on the bottoms of the legs and couldn’t wait to show it off! Her brother decided he’d just doodle with markers. (Usually Mommy has him use Color Wonder markers, so using markers that write on everything was super exciting. Thankfully they’re washable!)
After the face was drawn on, we still needed some hair. After all, she was making a girl cardboard tube octopus! Mommy cut out a circle, slightly larger than the circumference of the toilet paper tube and then cut slits in it. I folded the slits and slipped it inside the octopus’ head, securing it with tape. This made our base for the curly ribbon hair.
She was happy with the final result – I think the ribbon hair looks much better than my original colored paper hair! And afterwards she had something new to play with – always a bonus when doing crafts!
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