Free Printable Octopus Valentine Craft
- The free printable at the top of this page–8 colors to pick from
- School Glue
Perfect Valentine’s Day Craft!
If your kids are a fan of Finding Dory, they’ll know that octopuses have three hearts. What a perfect symbol for Valentine’s Day! Once you’ve constructed your Octopuses, there is plenty of room to write a note on the back for the special people in your child’s life.
What’s Included in the Octopus Valentine Craft:
The printable includes a color-it-yourself octopus for kids that love to color. My girls haven’t quite developed an affinity for coloring on paper yet. Each other’s faces, yes, but paper or whatever mommy wants them to draw on, yeah sure mom.
I’ve also included spots and two mouths. There are two hats and bows. The eyes come with or without eyelashes with the ability to customize which direction your children want their octopuses to look.
I printed the Octopuses out on cardstock to make sure they were more durable.
You can mix and match colors or keep your Octopuses one color.
I suggest you cut out all the pieces ahead of time. I placed all the pieces for one Octopus in a plastic bag and let my kids discover the pieces they wanted to use. The Octopuses in the picture are their creations (with a little guidance.) Many of the octopuses definitely didn’t look like Octopuses. And we have many septo-puses. 🙂
There really is no specific order for how you would like to complete this craft. This is the kids chance to get creative! But if you want guidance, this is what I did.
Start with the large circle, this is the body of the Octopus. Help your child glue on the eyes, show them how you can re-arrange the eyes to make different expressions. Add the mouth and hat. From there you can add the tentacles around the border of the body. I added the spots last to make sure they were spread across the tentacles and body.
If you want an easier way to make spots for the octopuses and want to give your child more of a challenge, print out extra octopus bodies and use a hole punch. Added skill and activity!
Googly eyes are also a great addition to this craft! I wanted to make sure that this was easy for all your exhausted parents out there so I tried to make sure you could do the whole activity by just printing it out.