October 8 is National Octopus Day – celebrate with this DIY Storytime anytime that you like!
DIY STORYTIME OCTOPUSES
Inky the Octopus
Written by Erin Guendelsberger
- Illustrated by David Leonard
- Published by Sourcebooks Wonderland
- Presented by This Little Piggy
A story based on the real-life escape of an octopus from the National Aquarium of New Zealand.
How to Draw a Cartoon Octopus by Art for Kids Hub:
- Written and illustrated by Bernard Most
- Published by
- Presented by TheStoryBookTellers
What would you do if you had a pet octopus?
This video by Socratica Kids shows you 8 interesting facts about the octopus.
- Written and illustrated by Ruth Galloway
- Published by Tiger Tales
- Presented by Sonshine2111
An octopus discovers all the wonderful things he can do when he chases after a pearl.
Here are instructions and printable templates for an O Is for Octopus craft from All About Learning Press:
Octopus’s Garden by The Muppet Show
Ooh La La, Octopus by PinkFong
Octopus Song by Crocomole
RHYMES AND FINGERPLAYS:
Oliver the Octopus
Oliver the Octopus (wiggle arms up and down)
Underneath the sea (shade your eyes like you’re looking out to sea)
Plucking up some seaweed (pretend to pick up things from the ground)
So he can make tea (pretend to dip teabag in kettle)
Pours the tea into some cups (pretend to pour tea from kettle to cups)
Gives a little grin (smile)
“Welcome, little fishies, (wave hello)
Won’t you please come in?” (motion with hand to come in)
How to Shake Hands with an Octopus
by Diana Smith
“How do you do?” said the Octopus
“How do you do?” I said.
I stretched my right hand forward
Then pulled it back instead.
His arms are eight
While mine are two.
Do I shake one or four?
And what is left and what is right?
What limbs do I ignore?
His arms are in a circle
There is no left or right
I think at times it’s very hard
To try to be polite.
I’ll take a chance, stick out my hand
And hope he takes the cue,
And if he gives me all his arms
I’ll say, “How do you do do do do do do do do!”
Ten Little Octopuses
Ten little octopuses playing in the brine
One got tangled in the kelp, then there were nine.
Nine little octopuses find a wooden crate
One wanted to peek inside, then there were eight.
Eight little octopuses, three less than eleven
One wanted to learn to add, then there were seven.
Seven little octopuses drumming with some sticks
One went off to look for more, then there were six.
Six little octopuses learning how to dive
One wanted to float instead, then there were five.
Five little octopuses on the ocean floor
One hid inside a cave, then there were four.
Four little octopuses swimming in the sea
One chased a manatee, then there were three.
Three little octopuses love the ocean view
One wanted to take a nap, then there were two.
Two little octopuses having so much fun
One had to go home for dinner, then there was one.
One little octopus lying in the sun
He left when the sun went down, and then there were none.