Keeping kids occupied during the summer without spending a lot of cash can be a bit of a challenge. Here's an easy craft you can make with them using things you have around the house. You may need to help them get the octopus started, and help them to tie off the sections, but other than that, kids over 6 should be able to have fun with this craft.
-scrap yarn (I used 3 colors of worsted weight yarn, you can use one or several, it's up to you)
-a book that's at least 10" tall on one side (I used a composition notebook)
- google eyes
- tacky glue
- clothespins (optional)
Wrap the yarn around the notebook several times. You want to get a nice thick amount of yarn on both sides since the thickness will form the octopus' head.
Once you've wrapped the book to your desired thickness, work a piece of string under the wraps on one edge of the book and tie it into a very tight knot.
Divide each of the 8 sections into three sections and braid them.