Activity: Octopus with “tentacles” with ascending number of beads and different rainbow colors.

Lesson: Counting to 10, rainbow colors


  • Felt:
    • 1 dark blue sheet
    • 1/2 pink sheet
    • Scraps of light blue, white, and black
  • 1/8th inch ribbon
  • Beads in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, white, and black (equaling 10 different colors)
  • Felt glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sharpie


  1. Draw the head of the octopus on the pink felt and cut it out.
  2. Draw two large circles in white felt, cut them out.  Draw two small black circles in felt and cut them out.
  3. Cut out wavy strips of light blue felt.  Glue them horizontally to the dark blue felt.
  4. Cut ten pieces of ribbon that are long enough for your tentacles.
  5. Preheat your hot glue gun.  Hot glue each ribbon to the bottom back of your octopus head evenly spaced.  (The hot glue will make it a lot stronger than just the felt glue could achieve.)
  6. Glue your octopus to your dark blue sheet using felt glue.  Make sure to leave an inch on one side for binding.
  7. On the first ribbon on the furthest left, place one red bead.  I used white beads to tie a knot on the ends of each ribbon, but if your beads are small enough a large knot may work.  On the second ribbon, place two orange beads.  Continue adding one more bead to each ribbon in progressing rainbow colors.
  8. Glue the eyes onto your octopus.
  9. Done!

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