My kids love taking print art and turning it into fun creations. That is just what we did for this potato print octopus craft. The possibilities are endless it seems for taking print art and turning it into something.
With the hot weather outside, all things ocean animals have been on our minds. So making a fun octopus craft one afternoon with the kids seemed like the thing to do. We could not wait to add our ocean animal craft to the art wall to decorate for summer.
Potato Print Octopus Craft
Supplies/what we used:
- finger paints – red, black, and yellow
- sharpie markers
- white cardstock paper – you can use construction paper but we like cardstock because it is a thicker paper
- blue watercolors
- paint brush
- paper plate
How to make a potato print octopus craft with kids:
First let the kids use watercolors to paint the “water” on the white cardstock. We used blue watercolors for our water. We left the paper to dry and came back. I cut one potato in half and added red paint to a paper plate.
The kids dipped the potato in the paint and pressed it down in the center of the paper to make a print. This was the octopus body. We used a paint brush and the red paint to make the legs. We left this to dry.
Once dry, we came back and added the suction cups with the yellow sharpie marker. We used yellow and black paint for the eyes. We added the yellow paint with a cotton swab and the black paint with a toothpick. Last we added some rocks and greenery with our sharpie markers. For little kids you may have to help them but older kids can draw their own.
We had fun watching our simple potato print turn into a fun ocean creature. Now to take this cute potato print octopus craft and hang it up on the art wall. It will remind us of the ocean the rest of summer!
If you want to try another cute summer craft make this parrot handprint art!