Fine-Motor Octopus Craft

This art activity is great for practicing fine motor skills, counting skills and pattern making skills.


  • Paper plate
  • Pipe cleaners (or string)
  • Markers
  • Rigatoni pasta (uncooked)
  • Single hole punch


  1. Optional: dye your pasta before beginning activity
  2. draw an octopus face on your paper plate
  3. punch eight holes along the bottom of the paper plate
  4. twist a pipe cleaner or a tie a string onto each hole
  5. let children put pasta noodles on each pipe cleaner (or string) octopus leg
    1. if you like you can give them special instructions as to the number of noodles they should place on each leg or if you dyed your noodles, the pattern of colours they should use
    2. if you used string instead of pipe cleaners be sure to tie off the last noodle for children so the legs don’t fall apart




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