Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Great 8 Octopus - Counting and Fine-Motor Skill Activity for Preschool & Toddlers

As we read and learned about ocean animals, one of the kids' favorite animals was the octopus. We had such a great time with these octopi and used them for lots of counting practice!
The Great 8 Octopus - Counting and Fine-Motor Skill Activity for Preschool & Toddlers

To start, I drew an octopus for each of the kids on their favorite color paper from our stash of construction paper.
The Great 8 Octopus - Counting and Fine-Motor Skill Activity for Preschool & Toddlers
For my toddler, I drew eight circles on each of the tentacles to represent suckers.  (Side note: there are actually two rows of suction cups on the underside of each arm, but we were focusing on the number '8' for this activity)
The Great 8 Octopus - Counting and Fine-Motor Skill Activity for Preschool & Toddlers
My son brought this ball home from the Kindergarten treasure box and it was a great visual for the kids of how the suckers on the tentacles help an octopus grab their prey.  The kids had a great time suctioning the ball to the window and table!
The Great 8 Octopus - Counting and Fine-Motor Skill Activity for Preschool & Toddlers
Then, we got to work adding 8 Cheerio suction cups to each arm of the octopus.  My toddler added Cheerios to the circles on his octopus much like the activities in his Cheerios Play Book .  He loves that book so he quickly picked up on the purpose of this activity.  He did not finish his whole octopus, but I was still impressed with how quietly and carefully he worked!
The Great 8 Octopus - Counting and Fine-Motor Skill Activity for Preschool & Toddlers
The 3-year-old's worked hard counting 8 Cheerios for each arm.  We chose to glue ours on so they could take their projects home, but you could easily save these as a busy bag to be used over and over again.
The Great 8 Octopus - Counting and Fine-Motor Skill Activity for Preschool & Toddlers
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