Now an octopus has about 240 suction cups on each tentacle, not just one as what I’ve done with ours, but I really wanted to capture the idea of what suction cups are. I’ve seen the octopus’ suction cups represented by cheerios, pompoms and buttons on Pinterest but I wanted something different – something that the kids could relate to, functionally.
And so we made these octopi with suction cups by simply drawing and cutting out the octopus shape with coloured foam of their choice and attaching the suction cups by inserting the hook of the suction cups into the holes that I punched on each tentacle.
I chose foam because it was meant to be played with during bath time. With or without the suction cups, the octopi would have been able to stick to the bathroom wall (with some water). But you see, the suction cups added a whole new dimension to the octopus craft and the children, especially my boy was very intrigued.
I watched him as he explored the suction cups and how strong the suction was when they came into contact with water. I watched as he explored how the suction cups could glide along the wall and shower screen, and yet to his frustration, he couldn’t remove them.
After awhile, the googly eyes fell off from their extended water play but no one bothered that their octopi had no more eyes. If your kids have never played with suction cups before, give this a go! This activity kept them entertained for a long time. 🙂
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