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Octopus organizer

Sea and ocean waters are inhabited by highly intelligent creatures. Among the mollusks, octopuses are considered the most intelligent. (Mollusks are one of the most numerous types of animal. Snails, clams and squids are also mollusks.) They were gifted with excellent vision and eight practical tentacles by nature. With these attributes, they are capable of handling various tasks. Octopuses have a penchant for collecting various objects and taking them into their homes. From a selection of waste materials lying on the bottom of the seas and oceans, such as old boxes, wellingtons and other objects, they are able to build real fortresses, wide in the middle but with a narrow entrance to protect themselves from enemies.

Biologists perceive this as an expression of intelligence. The octopus is able to use a man-made object to better protect its own nest.

*It is also important to remember that waste left in the water is dangerous. Left fishing nets can suffocate seals or dolphins, and left cans can harm bottom-dwelling animals. The fact that octopuses are intelligent enough to creatively use a few pieces of waste should not encourage us to litter the waters. Most items left on the beach or thrown from boats lie on the ocean floor for decades or even centuries, posing a threat. Keep this in mind. We are all responsible for the environment surrounding us.

By following the template and instructions, you will create your own super intelligent and sparkling octopus. A little architect of underwater fortresses. The octopus you make in this activity will help you organize your hair bands and clips at home.

Goal: Introducing children to the body structure and selected abilities of an octopus.

Time: 30 minutes



  • template of an octopus (attachment 3.1)
  • A4 white paper
  • sheet of felt
  • scissors
  • needle
  • embroidery floss
  • thread
  • button

The course of the task

Print the octopus-shaped template, attachment 3.1.

  1. Secure the template with pins in the corner of the felt sheet.
  2. Cut out the pattern and remove the pins.
  3. Sew a button in the centre of the shape so that the lower tentacle of the octopus, when folded, manages to cover it.
  4. Using mouline, embroider the eyes of the octopus.
  5. Make a buttonhole.
  6. Thanks to the organizer, various small items such as hair elastics or earphones can be organized.
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This post was produced as part of a project co-financed by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt in cooperation with the Naturschutzzentrum Oberlausitzer Bergland.