An octopus has eight legs and so do we!

As I mentioned in my previous post, we read two books about Octopuses and in our second book we learned that an octopus has eight legs or technically eight arms with suction cups (squids have tentacles)

An Octopus has eight legs and so do we by Teach Preschool

After reading the book My Very Own Octopus by Bernard Most, we asked the children if they would like to have a pet octopus too! Most of our students did not wish to have a pet octopus but they did want to tell us about their pet dogs, turtles, or other pets they had…

An Octopus has eight legs and so do we by Teach Preschool

As we read the book, we discovered that because an octopus has eight legs, he can do lots of things that we can’t do with only two legs (or arms) like hold eight different things at the same time or shake your hand with eight different hands. But even with all the cool things a pet octopus might be able to do, our students still preferred having a pet dog or turtle…

An Octopus has eight legs and so do we by Teach Preschool

But when I told the children that they actually can have eight legs, they told me that this could not be possible. The children were certain that they could only have two legs so I set out to prove to them that they could indeed have eight legs…

An Octopus has eight legs and so do we by Teach Preschool

We started by selecting four children to sit back to back on the floor and counted how many legs we now had in all. Then the children were invited to stand up, hook arms and try walking with all eight of their legs…

An Octopus has eight legs and so do we by Teach Preschool

Have you ever tried walking with eight legs? This is not an easy task! It requires some coordination, cooperation, and lots of giggles along the way…

An Octopus has eight legs and so do we by Teach Preschool

And who decides which way you are going to go when you have four heads to work with too?

An Octopus has eight legs and so do we by Teach Preschool

Now that we knew we could have eight legs like an octopus, the children took a few minutes to count out eight legs for our felt board octopuses and then they were off to go and explore in our centers…

An Octopus has eight legs and so do we by Teach Preschool

Available on Amazon

Links to Grow On

O is for Octopus by Teach Preschool

Simple Spiders (that look like an octopus) by Teach Preschool

Jellyfish in a Bottle by Boohm’s play blog

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About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

One Comment

  1. Amanda Mason May 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Very cute! I love your felt board. That looks like fun!

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