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# Octopus song

### What to do with this activity?

Learn this octopus song together and dance around together.  Remember, an octopus has eight legs. Wave your arms around like an octopus, and do the actions that the song suggests.

Here are the words:

Octopus, octopus, swim, swim, octopus.
Octopus, octopus, swim, swim, octopus.

Swim up ...swim down...swim forward...turn around.
Swim up ...swim down...swim forward...turn around.

Octopus, octopus, swim, swim, octopus.
Octopus, octopus, swim, swim, octopus.

Make a simple octopus with an empty toilet roll tube.  Just paint the cardboard tube with poster paint and stick on eight strips of coloured paper for the octopus arms. Then with a black marker, draw on two big eyes.

• #### Why am I doing this?

Maths is more than working with numbers. It also consists of shape and space, patterns, measuring – things you do and come across in everyday life. When children begin to learn formal maths at school, they are building on a foundation of early numeracy learning from home. Even though they may not even be aware of it, parents and children engage in numeracy activity as part of their everyday lives.

• #### How can I do more?

Always teach numbers in a natural way through everyday activities and play. Count steps on a stairs, food in your shopping trolley or cows in a field.  Compare things when talking big or small, long or short, older or younger and faster or slower: “You carry the small box and I’ll take the big one.” Use the words – up and down, over and under, near or far, more or less when talking to your child. Talk about the shapes of everyday things. Ask your child what shapes they can see around the room they’re in.

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