This year, we’ve been on Octonauts watch a lot. In fact, last year we were two. Our youngest two girls have had what I would borderline call an obsession with them for quite some time.
But, it turns out, it’s also helped them learn so much about ocean creatures and being caring to other sea creatures. It’s safe to say we watch it a lot.
Last Christmas was actually deemed the “Christmas of the Octonauts” because the little two received a ton of Octonauts toys, books and games. A little Captain Barnacles makes a little B very happy!
As does a Gup for E. (I have no idea which Gup this is. She however could tell me immediately. So could B, actually!)
The Immortal Jellyfish episode of the Octonauts (Season 3, episode 4: mudskippers and immortal jellyfish if you need to find it on the quick) was the inspiration for yet another paper plate craft. Those things are handy those paper plates and pretty much limitless! The immortal jellyfish are pretty cool creatures.
Instead of dying, they actually revert back to a sexually immature stage. Once the adult form reproduces, instead of dying, they transform themselves back into their juvenile polyp state (with their tentacles retracting, their bodies shrinking and sinking back to the ocean floor) to start their life cycle all over again.
While we didn’t make all of the cycles of the immortal jellyfish, we found this stage to be the most fun and easiest to make from a paper plate. Cut a plate in half, decorate it. Give it some super cute and fun and totally unrealistic eyes, glue or tape on some tentacles which could be made from the other half of the plate, ribbon, colored paper or more. The jellyfish craft is pretty versatile and easy for your child to make their own.
Then, if you are headed on a cruise (ahem) and want to be able to find your door easily, bring a magnet and your cute jelly and stick him on the door! Instant room finding abilities are engaged.
As it turns out, I’m also learning from the Octonauts, too because I had never heard of the immortal jellyfish until watching this episode. So, it’s good for parents, too!