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Octopi
Submitted by: Raina, Tomball
Audience
• Toddler • Pre-school
Books
Tickly Octopus by:Ruth Galloway
Eight twisty, twirly tentacles make Octopus really good at tickling. But most of his friends are beginning to find his tickling tiresome, especially when one teeny tiny tickle lands Octopus in BIG trouble! Octopus tickles Oyster and causes her to lose her precious pearl. How will Octopus get it back?
Herman the Helper by:Robert Kraus
Herman the helpful octopus is always willing to assist anyone who needs his help--old or young, friend or enemy.
Clumsy Crab by:Ruth Galloway
(I add this one with the Preschool age group)
Nipper, a loveable crab, has huge, clumsy claws. No matter what games he plays with his friends Nipper’s claws always get in his way. So the friends decide to play hide-and-seek—something they can all do together, but Nipper’s claws ruin his hiding place! So instead, Nipper looks for his friends while they hide. He finds Turtle and Jellyfish, but there’s no sign of Octopus. Until Nipper sees that Octopus is tangled tight in the weeds. Now it’s up to Nipper to rescue Octopus with his big claws! This companion title to Fidgety Fish and Smiley Shark features the same bold, delightful illustrations, humorous text and is peppered with onomatopoeia kids really love.
Songs
Eight Arms
(Tune: Did You Ever See A Lassie?)There was an octopus, an octopus, an octopus,
There was an octopus down deep in the sea.
Then out came her eight arms, Her eight arms, her eight arms,
Then out came her eight arms to swim with me!
I wish I was an orange octopus
(Tune: "If you're happy and know it")

Oh, I wish I was an orange octopus.
Oh, I wish I was an orange octopus.
Oh I'd wave my lovely legs,
And I'd splash in all the waves.
Oh, I wish I was an orange octopus.
Flannel Board – Slippery Fish 
Slippery fish, Slippery fish,
Swimming in the water.
Slippery fish, Slippery fish,
Gulp … gulp … gulp …
Oh no,
it’s been eaten by an –
Octopus!
 
Octopus, octopus -
Squiggling in the water
Octopus, octopus,
Gulp … gulp … gulp …
Oh no, it’s been eaten by a –
Tuna Fish!
 
Tuna fish, tuna fish,
Flashing in the water,
Tuna fish, tuna fish,
Gulp … gulp … gulp …
Oh no, it’s been eaten by a –
Great White Shark!

Great white shark, great white shark,
Lurking in the water,
Great white shark, great white shark,
Gulp … gulp … gulp …
Oh no, it’s been eaten by a – 
Humungous Whale!
 
Humungous whale, humungous whale,
Spouting in the water,
Humungous whale, humungous whale – 
Burp! Ex-cuse me!
Craft
Stuffed Sock Octopus (Socktopus)

Instructions I gave to the Parents:
-Pick a sock
-Stuff it
-Grab eyes
-Grab rubber band
-MOM/Guardian fasten rubber band to tie off stuffing
-See Mrs. Raina to have the eyes glued and to seal the stuffing.
-MOM/Guardian cut the unstuffed sock into strips to make tentacles

You will need socks, pillow stuffing, rubber bands, googlie eyes, and a hot glue gun. The kids will stuff the sock with 2-3 handfuls of stuffing (they have small hands). The moms/guardians will then wrap the rubber band to tie off the stuffing. Then you will hot glue the eyes on and also put some glue inside the sock (just under the rubberband) to seal the stuffing in. They will then be able to take the rubber band off. The mom/guardian will then cut strips to make tentacles. And Voila! A Socktopus!
Other
I also provided the kids with an Octopus Colors File Folder Game where they matched the tentacles of the octopus to the head of the octopus.