Preschoolers love crafts. They love them even more when the craft becomes something to play with afterwards.
This is one reason when it comes to recycled crafts, we especially love cardboard tube crafts. Not only are they fun and cheap, but you can create so many fun characters to play with using those tubes.
This toilet paper tube octopus is a fun preschooler craft for summer or to pair with a unit on sea animals.
Cardboard Tube Octopus Craft
- Empty Toilet Paper Roll (or cardboard tube cut to the same size)
- Glue/Clear Tape
To help guide your preschooler, draw 8 vertical lines going about 2/3 of the way up the cardboard tube. Have your child use scissors to cut on the lines.
Use markers or crayons to color the legs and body of the octopus. We found that marker showed up better than crayon. You could also use paint, but then you will need to wait for it to dry before you can finish the craft. To keep the mess to a minimum have your child color on a scrap piece of paper.
Have your child draw a face on the octopus. We added circles as suction cups to the bottom of all 8 legs, too.
The next step is purely optional. I cut a circle out, slightly larger than the circumference of the toilet paper roll. I cut a few slits in the circle of paper and then slipped it inside the octopus’ head area, securing it with tape. This made a top of the octopus for my daughter to add curly ribbon hair. (She wanted a girl octopus, and she insisted it needed hair.)
She was happy with her cardboard tube octopus. I think the ribbon hair looks much better than my original colored paper hair!
As a bonus, when she finished her sea animal craft she had a new little friend to play with.
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