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Animals Earth

Octopuses

Activities

1.  Octopuses rely on camouflage to hide from predators.  Can you camouflage yourself?  Maybe you pick clothes that are the same color as the couch — or, you can use a blanket to hide and hold very still!  See if a sibling or adult can find you in your room while you’re camouflaged.

2.  Make your own octopus!  Using bubble wrap for the legs will look like real tentacles!  Get the instructions here.

3.  A squid is not the same as an octopus but they move through the water the same way!  Check out this experiment to see how an octopus gets around.  If the weather is nice, you might want to try this one outside, it could get a little messy.

Have you ever heard the story about Inky the Octopus — who climbed the glass of his tank at the International Aquarium of New Zealand, crawled across the floor and slithered down a drain hole and escaped!?!  Octopuses are super smart, but what else are they capable of?  What’s a day in the life like for one of these clever, squishy, sticky, mollusks?  And how do they catch food while also avoiding being food?   

Listen to the short Who Smarted? episode for kids about Octopuses for free here!

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