Monday, August 1, 2011

Octopus Craft Plus Giveaway

Isn’t this the cutest octopus?  I wish I could claim this cool design as my own, but I’m not that creative! I found this craft kit at Joann’s Fabric.

When you first open the kit you’ll find all of these objects. What I like is that the majority of the pieces already have adhesive on them. You will need some glue or glue dots for a couple of the pieces though.

Sort the pieces into 4 piles, large circles, medium circles, small circles, and purple arms.

Add the circles down one side of the arm. I used the tip of a pencil to push out the center of each circle.

Next add the purple band (it has adhesive on it already). Then add some glue in each slit. If I were to do this again, I would smoosh a glue dot in there, place the purple arm and then add some glue.

I added the inside purple piece that I had to punch out back on top of the arm for additional strength. Adding the arms is not going to be easy for young children. An adult will have to do it.

While I was fiddling with the octopus arms, my preschooler worked on a starfish. The body is cut out of craft foam. Pom poms are glued on for texture. It made a nice counting activity too.

After all the arms are on, add the eyes and the mouth. You end up with a cute treasure tin.

It is perfect for adding little things like letter o objects to be sorted, pom poms for patterning, sea shells, and other little things. I made a set of color matching cards for my toddler. I think it would make a cute center or workbox activity.

I know you want one too, don’t you? Well…

Last year one of my favorite giveaways were craft supplies to do with children. I know that I am more likely to do a craft with my children if I already have the supplies on hand. For that reason, I try to keep my craft-stash up-to-date (which is needing updating badly!) So when Michelle from Best Toys for Toddlers asked bloggers to join in a Crafty Kits 4 Kids Giveaway Event, I jumped on board! There are 14 blogs each offering a different crafty giveaway. You can go to each blog and enter for each giveaway separately.

Can you guess what I’m giving away?

I’m giving away all the supplies needed to make these two crafts plus whatever other sea creatures you can think to make out of craft foam! (You might check out the sea horse craft for another ocean craft idea.)

The winner will get:
1 octopus tin/fun foam craft
1 pack of 5 1/2 in. x 8 1/2 in. fun foam (not pictured)
1 package of Glue Dots (not pictured)
1 package of Google eyes (not pictured)
1 package of pom poms (not pictured)

The Details:
Mandatory Entry: What would you put in the octopus tin?
*Giveaway runs from Aug. 1st – August 13th.
*Winner will be drawn by and announced on this blog as well as emailed. *Winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be drawn.
*Please leave your email address in a comment or visible on your profile.

Yes, this is a very, very, long post. So for those of you who have read all the way down to the bottom, feel free to download your own octopus color cards:

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Blogger Mandy said...

Oh my...that is a cute octopus. I would put your equally adorable octopus matching cards inside, but I'm fairly certain my son would hijack it to store his stones and shells and other found lake treasures.

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August 1, 2011 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

adorable! I would put those cute little octopi in their, of course! Thanks for the contest!


August 1, 2011 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Very cute! My little ones would love this. katiecrews111 @ gmail . com

August 1, 2011 at 8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


August 1, 2011 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Knowing my boys, fruit loops would end up in the octopus tin, although I'd rather it be used for keeping things like pompoms or counting chips or something similar in size in.

August 1, 2011 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Rainbowartist said...

I think we would put my daughter's small rock collection in the tin or perhaps some stickers.

August 1, 2011 at 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE it!!

August 1, 2011 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger ape2016 said...

My daughter says she would put pennies in the octopus.

August 1, 2011 at 10:30 AM  
Blogger Kayla said...

Ohh how cute!! i think my daughter would place her shinny rocks from our rock study inside or her eraser collection lol... kevinkaylaarrowood123 at yahoo dot com

August 1, 2011 at 10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We would put treasures in ours.

August 1, 2011 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger blissful_e said...

We would put foreign coins in ours!

August 1, 2011 at 10:59 AM  
Blogger Tami said...

Very cute craft! I would love to use the tin to store the octopus cards you have on your site, although I'm sure my 2 year old would find all kinds of fun things to put in it (rocks, cars, etc.) as he loves to hide items.
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August 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger The Frausto Family said...

Wonderful craft! We'd store little "treasures" from our walks in there...

August 1, 2011 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger Valerie said...

I would put a sorting activity in there... or some stickers for a writing activity. So fun!
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August 1, 2011 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Little Yancey Family said...

We would could use it for a fun memory game, or for shells from our next trip to the beach!

Woot Looks like fun!

August 1, 2011 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Melinda said...

What a cute craft knowing my A's it would be all those long lost treasure's they pick up everywhere we go!!!! They especially have a love of rocks!

August 1, 2011 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger TwinMom529 said...

This would be perfect for storing small sea animal toys. Thanks for a great giveaway.

August 1, 2011 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger April said...

Cute! I would love it!

August 1, 2011 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

So cute! We'd probably put in seashells for counting or sorting

August 1, 2011 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Leonard Family said...

I would actually download the colored octopus cards then make cards that have the color spelled out and have my daughter match them.

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August 1, 2011 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger The Sandalls said...

Super cute! I would put small things that start with the letter Oo in the octopus tin! I just put together a Letter Oo unit for my preschooler and the color octopuses at the end of this post will go along with it perfectly! Thanks for sharing!!

August 1, 2011 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger melissa said...

I LOVE that octopus and so would my students!!! I would use your colored octopuses for a memory game, sorting, or patterning. Another idea I had would be to put cheerios in it to make necklaces. Thanks!!!

August 1, 2011 at 6:03 PM  
Blogger Little Badgers Academy said...

So adorable! I would tell you what I want to put in there but my 3-year old will have a very different idea about it. Though,no matter what will be inside it will be a total hit!
Thank you!

August 1, 2011 at 6:09 PM  
Blogger Mum-me said...

What a cute little octopus. I know what y daughter would put in it - all those little tiny pearly shells she collects at the beach each year and then comes home and makes into necklaces and bracelets. Thanks for the chance to win!

August 1, 2011 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Chelsea said...

That is so cute! river26[at]gmail[dot]com

August 1, 2011 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger Jodie said...

I think we would put stickers in the octopus tin.

August 2, 2011 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger crysmi said...

We might put crayons in it or my preschooler would come up with something better.:)

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August 2, 2011 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Greener Grass Academy said...

Very cute! My girls would probably use it to store their small beach treasures.

August 2, 2011 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Those are super cute! I'd probably print those color cards and make them into a math game (since we know our colors). :) We will be dong an ocean theme, so they will go along perfect! :)

August 2, 2011 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Littleman mummy said...

Brillant! nice purple octopus, my son love purple colours and he will sure keep his painted see shell we had collected a month ago, thanks for this chance to win!cheers ;)

August 2, 2011 at 10:14 PM  
Blogger Gwen @ Buttercup's Babies said...

Hah! Love the mismatched eyeballs!

While I would love to extend the related learning with your adorable octopi color matching cards, I am sure it would only be a matter of time before my son used the tin for either tools or "rescue equipment," in true almost-4 yr old boy fashion. :)
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August 3, 2011 at 2:54 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

I think it would end up being storage for little craft doo dads :)

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August 3, 2011 at 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Debbie Kennedy said...

I'm sure my daughters would use this to collect shells from our beach and their 'magic' rocks too.
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August 4, 2011 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Nadia said...

We would put in anything sea related in it :)

August 5, 2011 at 1:45 PM  
Anonymous dony said...

I would use the octopus tin to put cute buttons for sorting for my preschooler!!

August 5, 2011 at 7:37 PM  
Blogger Alicia C. said...

We'd download a few pages of those octopus cards, color them (2 of each color) and cut them out. We'd have an octopus memory game and a really cool octopus tin to put it in!
Thanks for the giveaway!
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August 5, 2011 at 11:22 PM  
Blogger artsy_momma said...

We would put mini octopus activities in it along with your color cards.

August 5, 2011 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger tamiv said...

I know my Nephew would probably put some of his favorite marbles inside!

August 6, 2011 at 12:13 AM  
Blogger Domestic Diva said...

This looks like fun! Thanks for the chance.

I'm guessing my little one would store all sorts of found treasures (rocks, leaves, etc.) inside.

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August 6, 2011 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger nickandkatherine said...

I would put my ever expanding bead collection in the octopus tin. That is, if my daughter doesn't steal it away first.

August 6, 2011 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Isil said...

My daughter would love to put her hair clips in it ;)

August 6, 2011 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

I would give it to my daughter to put her seashells in. (

August 6, 2011 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Jen Crum said...

I would give it to my niece to put all kinds of 6 year old treasures into.

August 6, 2011 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

How cute!

I'd probably put shells for a sorting activity in it.

jberrec at gmail dot com

August 6, 2011 at 11:38 PM  
Anonymous corey said...
I think we'd keep our Wii fund in there - we all chip in a little in hopes of agreeing on the next WII game to enter.

August 8, 2011 at 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My 4 year old loves to collect buttons- they'd be a perfect fit! Thanks,Jess

August 8, 2011 at 11:47 PM  
Anonymous Jessica Nunemaker from little Indiana said...

OH the cuteness!

I would put paperclips in there. :) But I'm pretty sure Kid #1 would put stray Lego pieces in there. Can't you just see it full of Lego heads? Ha.

jessicanunemaker at littleindiana dot com

August 9, 2011 at 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

What a cute craft! Off the top of my head, I have no idea what we'd store in there, but I'm sure we could come up with something nifty!

August 9, 2011 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Nabiha said...

seashells! Id put seashells in them!

August 10, 2011 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Nabiha said...

my email address is to mention that!

August 10, 2011 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger ACMommy3 said...

Adorable!! I'd put fun school reward "coupons" in the tin, for my kids to draw out every once in a while for a surprise treat! :-) creedamy [at] yahoo[dot]com

August 11, 2011 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Heavensent1 said...

My 7 y/o daughter said to tell you that she'd put her Pet Shops in it and my 6 y/o son said his legos...heavensent1@yahoo dotcom

August 13, 2011 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

How cute this Octopus Craft is! My 5 yr. old granddaughter can put the octopus color cards and her Gomu sea collection collectible erasers in the purple (her favorite color) tin. Thank you! :-)

August 13, 2011 at 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my daughter says she would put her hair bows in it!

August 13, 2011 at 4:23 PM  
Blogger Shannon Alexander said...

I think I would hide some of my daughters small hair pretties or her little rings. She would love ot make it then hide stuff from her brother
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August 13, 2011 at 9:55 PM  

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