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!
This 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!
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.
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.
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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.
Octopus Activity STEAM for Kids
What you’ll need
- Suction Cups
- How do suction cups work?
- 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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
- Learn about whales and simulate a whale’s blowhole with this Whale Investigation Station.
- Design your own colorful Coral Reef with this Stringing Coral Reefs STEAM.
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).
Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!
As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, I receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #preschool #homeschool #mgtblogger
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