Yarn Octopus

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Yarn Octopus
Total Time 1 to 2 hours Ages preschooler

This rainy-day project provides plenty of practice for budding braiders and makes a fun, eight-armed pal.

What you'll need

  • Scissors
  • Skein of yarn about 100 yards long
  • 3-inch Styrofoam ball or a tennis ball
  • 5 feet of yarn or ribbon, for tying the braids
  • Tacky glue
  • Large googly eyes

How to make it

  1. Yarn Octopus - Step 1

    PREPARE THE YARN: Cut two 10-inch pieces of yarn from the skein. Hold your hands about 3 feet apart and have your child wrap the rest of the skein around them to form one large ring of yarn. Knot one of the 10-inch yarn pieces around the middle of the ring. Place the tied ring on a tabletop and snip both loops (A).

  2. Yarn Octopus - Step 2

    FORM THE HEAD: Center the knot atop the ball and drape the yarn so that the ball is evenly covered (B). Knot the other 10-inch piece of yarn just below the ball.

  3. Yarn Octopus - Step 3

    BRAID THE TENTACLES: Divide the yarn strands into 8 equal bundles, then braid each one, securing the ends with yarn or ribbon (C). Glue on the googly eyes.

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