Easy to follow Octopus Drawing for Kids

Written By Sudha | Edited By Varsha & Adi | Updated on 30th May, 2024

Let’s dive into the world of octopuses! They’re not only smart but also multitaskers. With their eight arms, they can multitask like no other, whether it’s hunting for food, escaping predators, or exploring their underwater habitat. They come in a  lot of colours, and some can even change their colour and texture to blend into their surroundings. Isn’t that just fascinating?

It’s no wonder kids are captivated by these amazing sea creatures! From their impressive problem-solving skills to their ability to adapt and survive, there is much to learn about them. That’s why some of the best schools ensure that kids learn all about octopuses and other sea creatures right from their primary classes. And guess what? You and your kiddo can create your very own octopus masterpiece together!

Using this simple guide, your little one can learn step-by-step how to draw their very own octopus. It’s a fun and creative way to not only learn about these amazing underwater creatures but also to develop their artistic skills. There’s also a worksheet attached at the end for them to practise their skills! 

Quick Summary

Octopus Drawing for Kids step by step –
  • Basic List of Materials
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Draw an Octopus
  • Final Touches
  • Additionally
  • Conclusion

1. Basic List of Materials

  • Drawing Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Sharpener
  • Crayons or Coloured Pencils 
  • Stable Drawing Surface

2. Easy to follow octopus drawing for kids

Step 1: Outline the head

Let’s start by drawing two lines intersecting each other, one vertical and the other horizontal. This cross will be the reference for us to draw the octopus. 

Now draw an upside-down vase or pot-like shape as shown in the image. Make sure this is placed in the middle of the vertical line and on the top half of the cross. This is the head of the octopus.

Step 2: Draw the tentacles

Next, extend the head into three tentacles in the front. Draw these tentacles under the horizontal line. Draw long, curved lines going outward, imagine drawing thick squiggly noodles or spaghetti!

Step 3: More tentacles!

Don’t stop at just three tentacles! Remember an octopus has eight tentacles, so let’s draw some more! Follow a similar squiggly pattern and draw five more tentacles on either side of the cross. Curve a few of them upwards and a few downwards!

Step 4: Draw the face

Now let’s draw the octopus’ face! Draw two small oval shapes within the head, on either side of the vertical line running in between. Draw a tiny oval within each eye and shade it completely leaving just two tiny spots to make the eyes twinkle. Then draw a tiny curved line on top of both the eyes to form the eyebrow. Next, draw a curved line where the reference lines intersect. Then draw an inverted semi-circle under the curved line to form the mouth. 

Move to the tentacles and give them more texture by drawing a curved line within each tentacle at random as shown in the image.

Step 5: Give the tentacles suckers

On each tentacle, add small ovals to represent the suction cups. You can scatter them randomly along the tentacles. This makes your octopus look more life-like!

Step 6: Colour it up!

Did you know that octopuses are some of the most colourful creatures in the ocean? They come in a variety of colours, from vibrant reds and oranges to deep blues and purples. But here’s the exciting part—you get to choose the colours for your octopus! You could even mix different colours together to create your own unique masterpiece! Feel free to experiment with different colour combinations and patterns. Maybe you want to give your octopus stripes or even polka dots! There are no rules when it comes to colouring, so let your imagination run wild and have fun with it.


  • Consider adding an underwater background to your drawing to set the scene. You could draw seaweed, coral reefs, or even other sea creatures swimming around your octopus.
  • Give your octopus some personality by adding facial expressions. You could draw it smiling, winking, or even looking surprised.
  • Add speech or thought bubbles to give the octopus a voice or share what it might be thinking.
  • Don’t forget to share your artwork with friends and family!


Congratulations, budding artist! You’ve completed your masterpiece—a magnificent octopus. Well done! But this is just the beginning of your artistic journey.

So, keep exploring the world of art by following more simple guides and experimenting with different shapes and techniques. Start with familiar shapes like circles, squares, and triangles, and see how you can combine them to create all sorts of amazing things. Want to draw a castle? Start with rectangles and triangles. How about a fierce dragon? Use circles for the head and body, and triangles for the wings. The possibilities are endless!

Keep practising, keep experimenting, and most importantly, keep having fun with your art! And don’t forget to use the worksheet attached below to practise drawing an octopus till you master it.

Octopus Drawing for Kids Worksheet

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