Toilet Roll Crafts For Kids – Wiggly Octopus Friends

Toilet Roll Crafts For Kids are the best fun for home or classroom crafting – so simple, so quick and so at hand! In less than 30 minutes your kids will have little Wiggles and Oggys of their own to play with – continue reading to see how.

Meet Wiggles and Oggy

“Wiggles and Oggy are best friends
Wiggles like to wiggle
And Oggy loves to dance

When I was making these toilet roll octopus at the weekend with my daughter Molly, she was making up a little story as she was doodling swirls and giving the octopus faces. I was trying to scribble down the story (snippet above), trying not to miss a beat. I just ADORE when this happens, when our crafting inspires storytelling, the stories can go in any and all wonderful directions!! The Mayor of OctopusLand featured in this tale, making laws!, as was a jealous friend called Olly – let’s just say it was dramatic, but they all lived happily ever after – tee hee.

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Here’s what you need to make Toilet Roll Octopus:
Toilet roll cores, yarn, paper eyes or plastic googly eyes, glue, chalk and paint (optional)

Start by making four slits in one end of the toilet roll, as shown.

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Fold the pieces in on each other and glue into position.

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Punch holes all around the base of the other end.

toilet roll crafts for kids, toilet roll octopus by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts for KidsActivitiesBlog

Then you have two options
1) The Mess Free ‘Instant’ Option: with markers or colored chalk decorate the toilet tube with squiggles and attach your googly eyes.

2) Paint the toilet tubes with nice bright fun colors and leave aside to dry. When dry decorate with some white chalk and your googly eyes.

Finally loop some lengths of wool into the holes all around the base for the wibbly wobbly tentacles.

toilet roll crafts for kids, toilet roll octopus by Michelle McInerney of MollyMooCrafts for KidsActivitiesBlog

If you punch a hole in the top and attach a piece of string you can carry your little octopus friend around and make him dance and wiggle.

“Let’s play, let’s dodge sharks, let’s play with the clown fish and spy on some hammerheads”
by Molly age 7

 



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Michelle McInerney, an Irish based graphic designer and mum of one, is the craft designer behind award winning blog MollyMooCrafts.com - a fun and colorful online world of unique and cute crafts for children and their parents. Michelle also writes for Disney Interactive's Spoonful and Melissa & Doug.

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