Counting Octopus {Clothespin Craft}

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!

If you liked this, you might like our crocodile counting too!
Linking to I Can Teach My Child, I Heart Nap Time, Tuesday Tots, Tip-toe thru Tuesday, It's Playtime, Fun Sparks, 733, Sun Scholars, TGIF, The Sunday Showcase, Show and Share Saturday, Delicate Construction, Learning Laboratory
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12 comments:

  1. This is such a cute craft idea to help children learn their numbers.

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  2. Great idea, pinning it :)
    Visiting from Tuesday Tots.

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  3. this is cute! i've wanted to make a clothespin game for a while now, they're so neat! thanks for linking up!

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  4. This turned out so cute! I love that this isn't just a craft, but also a clothespin game.

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  5. Oh my gosh, how adorable and bright! Thanks for sharing with us at tip toe!

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  6. What a great activity! I also like the crocodile, too. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I like how fur this is and nice bright colors!

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  8. I'm so glad I'm following you! What a clever idea. Pinning this one:)

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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  9. Ohhh i love these ideas! Especially your Crocodile. x

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  10. Your octopus is amazing! My little girl would love it.

    Thanks so much for inking to Science sparks xx

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  11. I love this! I've featured it on the sunday showcase: http://www.herecomethegirlsblog.com/2012/09/08/the-sunday-showcase-animals.html

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  12. This is such a great activity. I love that you combine both fine motor and math with this octopus.

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