Cute Octopus Template (Great for Preschool crafts)

free printable Cute Octopus template for preschoolers and toddlers

From the darkest depths of the ocean comes another sea animal craft template for you and your children to use. This one is a cute, eight tentacled, octopus template.

I think of these templates like blank outlines which you can cut out if you wish and use as the base for loads of crafts or just as coloring pages.

I’ll be releasing more in the coming weeks so be sure to check back in regularly.

It’s up to you what you decide to do with them (there’s a few ideas below) but I just thought they’d be a useful extra resource to have available in The Family Room.

So here you go – enjoy!

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What Skills Can Your Children Learn And Practice?

cute printable octopus template sheet

Which skills your little ones will develop depends largely on how you plan to use this cute octopus template. Here’s a few that they could improve if you decide to get all crafty with them:

  • Cutting Skills – if you feel they’re ready, you can let them have a go at cutting out the template all by themselves – they’ll need to be careful and have good scissor control if they want to cut out the template neatly
  • Fine Motor Skills – if they’re going to use the octopus template as a base for a collage, they’ll need to use their pincer grip to pick up the pieces and carefully put them where they want them to go
  • Creativity – as the template is basically a blank canvas, your children will have a lot of space to exercise their creativity and decide how they want to personalize it
  • Hand-eye coordination – to be able to understand what they are seeing and get their hands to go where they want them to go
  • Hand and finger strength – the ability to be able to apply enough pressure to make marks on the page and hold the pencil firmly
  • Pencil Control – they can practice their pencil control and develop hand strength through coloring this template in

This cute octopus template will also give them a chance to practice their concentration and perseverance skills as they may find it tricky to make their creation look exactly as they want it to and may be practicing skills they are not completely confident with.

How To Prepare This Octopus Template

First you’re going to want to download the free octopus template by clicking on the ‘click here for free printables’ image at the bottom of the page.

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Materials you May need:

Once you’ve downloaded the template, you’ll need to print it off onto paper or card depending on what you plan on using it for.

If you plan on keeping what your kids make, laminating them can be a great way to look after them. If you don’t have a laminator at home here’s an affordable and reliable one (definitely worth investing in if you plan to make a lot of printables!):

An affordable and reliable laminator

After that you’re all done!

Let your children’s creativity run (or swim) wild!

A Couple Ideas For The Octopus Template to Get The Creative Juices Flowing

I expect you have an idea how you’d like to use this free octopus template, but why stop at just one idea? You can print out as many copies as you like so here’s a few extra ideas:


You can obviously just give your kids the cute octopus template and let them use it as a coloring page.

It’s good to just let them experiment sometimes and marvel at what they can create.

Sometimes though, it might be nice to give them a few ideas. Can they make their octopus spotty? How about stripy or patchwork? Maybe each tentacle could be a different color?

So now they’ve colored in the octopus, how about adding in their own background? Maybe have a look at some ocean scenes in a book or online for inspiration and to teach them some researching skills.

They could add some seaweed to the foreground or how about some coral? Maybe the octopus could be playing with some fish or dolphins!

Give them a blank piece of paper and see if they can use them as inspiration and make their own scene. Maybe they could draw a little octopus family, complete with mommy, daddy and baby octopus?

Or forget the pencils and crayons altogether and crack out the paints and let them practice brush control while carefully painting them. You can make some really nice backgrounds by mixing a few water colors.


They could obviously also use the octopus template as the base for crafts.

They’d be great to do some collaging with. Just rip up some tissue or colored paper, get out the glue and get sticking.

You could also add pompoms, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes. Or you could go outside and scavenge some natural materials. Sticks, grass and leaves could all be used to make an awesome underwater background!

If you print the octopus 4 to a page and cut them out after they have colored / decorated them, you could them stick them onto a background they have made on card to make their very own underwater scene. I’ll be making more templates in the future so they could use those and have loads of underwater creatures.

There’s so much you could do with them so let them get creative and have fun!

You could also use the octopus template as a base for a greeting card – decorate the front and write on the back or print it our twice and stick them together to create a card which stands up.

Whatever you do with them, have fun and I’d love to see what your little ones create!

Grab the Cute Octopus Template

To grab the free octopus template as well as access to the printable library I’ve created click on the image below:


I hope your children enjoy using this octopus template – be sure to check back in for more educational and free printables.

Until next time,

Let’s nurture those neurons!

If your little ones enjoyed these please share the love by sharing the post. And if you have any feedback or anything that you would like me to try to create give me a shout out in the comments below. Thanks!

Cute Octopus Craft Template free preschool printable for kids

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