Have the child make an octopus by knotting eight pieces of crepe paper together. Play some music and have your child do an octopus dance.
Octopus Color Changes
Discuss with your child how an octopus will change colors to blend with it's surroundings. Cut four or five different colored octopus from construction paper. Set out four or five of matching sheets of construction paper. Ask your child to match the octopus with it's background.
Here are some Octopus coloring pages.
Hand Print Octopus
Paint both of the child's palms and fingers, (but not the thumbs) the same color. Have the child make one hand print with their fingers spread far apart. Make the second hand print over the first, lining up the palms, but placing the fingers in the spaces between the first set of fingers. After the paint has dried, the children can add facial features with a marker or black pen.
Olive Taste Test
Have the children taste a couple different kinds of olives. Have the children vote on which they like the best (or none). Graph the results.
Fingerprint Oak Tree
Oak Leaf Crunching
Place leaves in the sand and water table. Encourage the children to examine the oak leaves and crunch them in their hands.
Oak Leaf Crunching 2
Place dry leaves on the floor or go outside where there are leaves and let the children crunch the leaves with their feet.
Oak Trees Throughout the Year
Show pictures of an oak tree in the spring, summer, fall and winter. Ask the children what season it is based on the picture. Talk about the leaves on the tree for each season.
Oil and Water Bottles or Ocean in a Bottle
You need a empty clear soda bottle, a funnel, water, blue food coloring, cooking oil.
Fill 1/3 of the bottle with water. Add a few drops of blue food coloring. Gently mix the food coloring and the water by gently tilting the bottle back and forth a few times. Fill the rest of the bottle with the cooking oil. Put the lid on the bottle tightly. You can seal the lid with a hot glue gun if you wish. Have the children tilt the bottle back and forth and observe how the water and oil do not mix. Alt. You can add a wide variety of items to the water, like glitter, plastic toys (that fit in the bottle), different colors etc.
Add a little oatmeal to paint to add some texture. Have the children use the paint to create a picture.
Provide the children with a variety of materials to sort and organize.
Jump Over the Ocean
Cut out shapes from blue paper or newspaper (you can have the children paint it blue). They need to be small enough for the children to be able to hop over. Then set them on the floor and ask the children to take turns hopping over the ocean.
Mix a little blue paint with saving cream. Have the children work together to paint a large piece of butcher paper with the shaving cream/paint mixture. After it is dry, you can attach some ocean animals, like an octopus, or jellyfish.
Have children paint or color ovals orange.
Cut out many different oval shapes from construction paper. Have the children sort the ovals by color or size.
Cut out many different oval shapes and affix them to the floor with contact paper. Have the children hop from one shape to the next.
O Musical Shapes
Cut out many different shapes that begin with the letter O. Octopus, owl, oval, O's, otter, one, oar, onion etc. Affix these shapes to the floor with contact paper. Play some music and have the children walk about the shapes. When the music stops everyone finds a shape to stand on. It is better to have more shapes than children. Ask who is on an orange shape? Who is on the letter "O".
Set out a paper plate with several different paints poured onto it. Supply the children with straws, cardboard tubes, or other circular items. Have the children dip the object in the paint then press onto a piece of paper to make an "O" shape.