What can you learn from an Octopus? There’s a lot!
Do not fear what may look foreign;
Respect alternative intelligences;
If necessary, blend in to escape detection;
When you know what you want, hold on tight;
Trust in your ability to squeeze through tight spaces and come out okay on the other side;
Ink out the negative in your life and jet away, leaving it behind you;
Know your home and keep the garbage outside; and
Be big-hearted (octopuses have three), guard the next generation, and use your beak when needed!
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I wonder if you have ever seen or heard any of this before?
I wonder which part of this lesson is the most important?
I wonder which part you like the best?
I wonder where you’d be in the story?
I wonder if this lesson reminds you of any of our Unitarian Universalist Promises?
I wonder where the Spirit of Love and Mystery might be in this lesson?
Make a Shrinky Dink Octopus
Children should use either colored pencils or permanent markers to color the plastic.
Here’s directions on how to bake the Shrinky Dinks:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Place piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil onto a cookie sheet. Place the Shrinky Dinks designs colored-side up onto the paper/foil, and then bake them for one to three minutes once the oven has heated. Watch the Shrinky Dinks through a window in the oven, or open the oven door slightly to check on them. Once the pieces lie flat instead of curling up, bake for 30 more seconds. Then remove the cookie sheet from the oven.