My four year old is interested in learning about all sorts of things, so I love nonfiction books that are short and simple enough to read with him. Octopus Under The Sea is one of those books. With only a sentence or two on each page, it keeps his attention but provides enough facts to keep him interested.
I am working on number recognition with him, so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to incorporate that into our octopus craft. We started by painting a paper plate.
After it dried, he added google eyes and drew on a mouth.
We used number stickers to label the places where the arms should go. (You could also just write them on, but he loves stickers and I got a huge sheet of number stickers from the dollar store.)
I hot glued some gift wrap ribbon onto eight clothespins and we also put a number sticker on each of those.
Then he matched them up.
I think it turned out really cute and he was so proud of his octopus!