Octopus Activity for Kids

Explore technology while practicing fine motor skills with this Octopus Activity for Kids. This engaging and hands-on STEAM idea is perfect for your next ocean preschool theme! 

collage of octopus activity images with text: Octopus STEAM Activity for Little KidsThis week, we’re learning about Large Sea Creatures and today’s topic is Octopus! This Octopus Activity was so much fun and of course a great way to discover how suction cups work! 

small suction cup toys surrounding two bowls of colored water
Octopuses have two eyes and eight arms with suction cups. Octopuses are very good at hiding from predators, such as sharks. Octopuses are intelligent and can use different types of simple tools with their arms. 

colored water in bowls and small suction cups on tray
child exploring suction cups on tray
We had a blast with this quick and easy octopus activity for kids. Not only was it perfect for understanding how suction cups work, but it was also a fun way to practice important counting and fine motor skills. 

child picking up suction cup during octopus activity
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small suction cups in bowl of colored water
O is for Octopus and you’re not going to want to miss this fun ocean STEAM activity while teaching your little learners about the letter O.

You’re definitely going to want to add this octopus activity for preschool to your letter of the week lesson plans. 

child dipping suction cup into bowl of colored water
suction cup toys stuck together for octopus STEAM activity
Octopus Activity STEAM for Kids

What you’ll need

  • Suction Cups
  • Eyedroppers
  • Water

Big Question

  • How do suction cups work? 

Teacher Tips

  • Explore the suction cups and experiment with sticking them to a window or other hard surfaces.
  • Then use an eyedropper to squeeze water into a small suction cup. 

child filling eyedropper with colored water
STEAM activities like this one are a great way to encourage your little learners to practice important problem-solving and fine motor skills in a fun and of course hands-on way! 

child dipping suction cup toy into water
If you’ve been around for a while, then you know we love play-based learning and especially open-ended STEAM experiences that encourage little learners to use the scientific method. 

child dipping suction cup into bowl of colored water
child experimenting with suction cups and colored water
Starting with a question, doing research, and forming a hypothesis means practice with critical thinking skills. While analyzing data is a great way of practicing early math skills such as graphing. 

suction cups toys and colored water on tray
Are you looking for even more ocean activities for preschool, kindergarten, or first grade? Check out these ocean STEAM investigations from The Keeper of the Memories: 

child dipping suction cup toy into water during STEAM activity
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our ocean theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time)

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