Tentacles at the ready for this craft

Make a sock octopus, or 'socktopus' if you will

Tentacles at the ready for this craft
by Natalie Keeler

No need to throw those old socks in the bin! This fabulous sock octopus craft is a great way to keep little fingers busy. Scroll down to learn how to make it – plus we've included a few learning ideas too.

Got a few googly eyes left over? Use them to make this toilet roll paper pig craft or these fun sock fish.

You will need:

  • A sock
  • An elastic band
  • Cotton balls
  • Colouring pens
  • Scissors

How to make a sock octopus

Step 1

First, your child stuffs the tip of a sock with cotton wool balls.

Step 2

Now they tie an elastic band around the sock, just under where the cotton balls are.

Step 3

Help them to cut the end of the sock into 8 strips to give the socktopus 8 long tentacles (you’ll need to use sharp scissors for this).

Step 4

Now your child can finish it off with some decoration: glue on googly eyes, and draw a smile and cool suckers on each tentacle.

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Learning guide

This cute craft is a great way to help develop your child's fine motor skills, plus you can turn it into a learning game too. Practise number bonds and see how many ways they can make 8 by using the legs – or get them to think about some of the words they'd use to describe the octopus. Can your little one think of any other sea-dwelling creatures? Try this animal habitats game and ask them which other animals live underwater.