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