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What’s the Date? It’s Octo Eight!

October 8th is Octopus Day. (Get it? October-Octo, eight legs… yeah, you get it.) I love octopuses… or is it octopi? Perhaps octopodes. Actually, octopus are solitary critters. They love being loners so much that there’s no collective noun for them, because why bother? Anyway, however you refer to them, they’re wonderful, intelligent, caring creatures. I’ve gathered together some goodies to help you celebrate their special day. Have fun! 

The Steamkettle Kids and the Lucky Tentacles
A short story by Lori Alden Holuta. After a hurricane shakes up Steamkettle Bay, Paisley Pockets, Christopher Cogan and Jimmy Cupper have an adventure as big as the sea. (For Ages 10 to 16)

Lucky the Octopus Printable Coloring Page
A printable PDF page for kids of all ages.

My Amigurumi Crochet Octopus Pattern
Make your own OctoPal out of a small skein of yarn, some stuffing and a few buttons.

Walking Your Octopus: A Guidebook to the Domesticated Cephalopod
I love this book. It has a special place on my Weird Items wall shelf.

Tentacled Walls Make A Cozy Writing Room
I can’t write without these helping hands… er, helping tentacles playfully crawling my walls. They’re vinyl wall decals, and can be pulled loose and repositioned. No harm to the walls at all. Amazon has heaps of these, in various shapes, colors, and sizes. You *know* you want some!  

     

More Octopus Fun Around the Interwebs

Octopuses Keep Surprising Us – Here Are Eight Examples How

International Octopus Day at Scientific American

Octopus Infographic Courtesy the National Aquarium

Hashtags to watch on Twitter
#WorldOctopusDay
#OctopusDay
#InternationalOctopusDay
#CephalopodAwareness

Hashtags to watch on Instagram
#octopus🐙
#octopusmonth
#octopus
#octopusart
#octopusdrawing
#octopusjewelry
#InternationalOctopusDay

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