Part 3: Octos (Make desired number, in as many colors as you like! It takes approximately 10 yds of scrap yarn per Octo.)
Rnd 1: ch 2. Work 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Join. (8 sts)
Rnd 2: ch 1. Work 2 sc in each st around. Join. (16 sts)
Rnds 3-5: ch 1. Sc in each st around. Join. (16 sts)
Rnd 6: ch 1. Sc2tog, 8 times. Join (8 sts) Stuff this part now.
Rnd 7: ch 1. Sc2tog, 4 times. Join. (4 sts)
Rnd 8: ch 1. Work 2 sc in each st around. Join. (8 sts)
Legs: *ch 6. Sl st in 2nd ch from hook, and each of the remaining 4 chs. Sl st in next st on body*. Repeat (*) 7 more times, for a total of 8 legs. Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Make a desired number (say 10), and have the children count them as they remove them from the pool or return them to the pool. They can also count the legs of each Octo.
You can even stitch numbers or letters on the Octo heads to teach number/letter recognition! Have them spell out their name? A fun and imaginative way for little children to learn the basics...the possibilities are endless!
I hope you will join me again for another CAL soon...maybe I'll find something a little different...a little more challenging? Maybe I'll let YOU decide...