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O Is for Odd Octopus

Snacks for letter O - Odd Octopus waffle

Octopuses may look a little odd, but this smiley guy seems ready for some fun!

We always try to ensure that our ABC Snacks are made from healthy ingredients, and this one is no exception.

A combination of crunchy waffle, a little peanut butter, and some fruit, our odd octopus is tasty enough to make your preschooler happy, but wholesome enough to make you smile, too.

It’s a great snack for kids of all ages. Even the youngest preschoolers (with help from mom) will have a blast assembling this eight-armed sea creature for their mid-morning snack. But as much fun as your kiddos will have creating this octopus, they’ll have even more fun eating it!

Check out our young friend! He did a great job, didn’t he?

Ingredients for ABC snack children assembling octopus snack

Odd Octopus Waffle

Print Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need to make this snack for one child:

  • ½ round waffle
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 large blueberries
  • 1 clementine section
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced

Directions:

  1. Prepare a waffle and cut in half.
  2. Place waffle flat side down on the upper edge of a large plate.
  3. Spread waffle with peanut butter.
  4. Core and quarter an apple and cut into thin slices.
  5. Arrange apple slices under the flat edge of the waffle to form arms.
  6. Position two blueberries on the waffle to form eyes.
  7. Position one section of a small orange to form a mouth.

Variation:

  • Use your favorite nut butter instead of peanut butter.
Preschooler adding apples to octopus snack Child adding orange to ABC snack

Teaching Tips

Happy preschooler enjoying peanut butter waffle snack

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Heather

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Your snack ideas are always very cute! :)

Christine Hall

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What a fun idea! I love incorporating food with learning!

Amanda

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This is such a great idea! My kids would love this.

Christi

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How fun and creative! Thanks for sharing!

Candace

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Love this! As a foodie, incorporating snack time into learning is right up my alley! And what kid doesn’t love to eat!?

lindsay

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We always try to match our snacks with our letter of the week. It’s fun and gets those creative juices flowing!

Kathy

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This is such a fun option during our weekly new letters that we’re learning! Thanks for your creativity.

patty

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this is a great way to wrap up a lesson. we usually have school in the morning and finish at lunch time. so its nice to enjoy a snack that ties into the lesson plus the kids learn how to make a new snack.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Patty,
Great idea! An ABC Snack is a wonderful way to end a lesson!

Heather Chandler

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I love this idea and perfect timing with our ocean unit study for the octopus. Thanks.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Heather,
If you are doing an ocean unit study, then you should do our Jolly Jellyship snack too. Have fun!

Isolde

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I love the idea. My 12 yo intellectually challenged son will enjoy making some of these snacks.

Alea

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Love these ideas!!

Renata

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I love this idea & I’m sure even my older children would enjoy a fun & yummy treat. I am using your All about Reading program with my struggling reader & it is going so well! I highly recommend the program & wish we’d used it when I was teaching my other children.
Have a lovely day
Renata:)

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Renata,
This is great! We love to hear about struggling readers having success. Thank you for sharing your child’s success with us.

Linda Reddoch

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Fantastic and fun ideas.

Hope

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My little ones would love this idea!

Stacey

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Love this idea!! For lunch time, we could take a hot dog, stick some spaghetti noodles in it and boil them. Voila! Octopus hot dogs (3 short “O” words there) =)

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Stacey,
I’ve seen the spaghetti in hotdogs thing on Pinterest, but I’ve never tried it. Looks like it would be fun, though!

Tara S.

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My little one seems to be a very tactile learner. He would love this!

Heather R.

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Too cute!! I love this idea!!

Amber

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So cute…and yummy!

Jill

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This is adorable! When my children were small, we made little dogs and called them “woofles”!

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Just heard about this spelling program. I’m interested in trying it, especially if I can win a free level.

Deanna

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So cute! I like that you try to keep it healthy.

Jennifer Perritte

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I love this idea! I love the idea of combining traditional learning with learning about food and cooking and healthy eating. And getting them involved in preparing their food makes them more likely to eat it! Love it! :)

Raena R

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This was appreciated! We are working through the prereading skills with my middle child. I think it would be fun to make a little more of an activity of snack time with the letter sounds! Thanks.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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You’re welcome, Raena. Be sure to check out all of our ABC Snack recipes.

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Love this site!

Jennifer McCurry

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I love this idea of fun and healthy snacks. I know we will enjoy All About Spelling when my daughter gets old enough to use it.

Carrie

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I guess this more of a review of AAR and AAS, then a comment, but hopefully you will find it helpful! We have used AAR levels 1-4 with 2 children now, and currently my 4 year old has been begging me to teach her as well. We have also used AAS levels 1-3 and have purchased 4-6 to use. My children are second language learners, and both programs helped them differentiate and identify sounds in the English language. It also supported vocabulary building and problem solving. I am also using AAS with a friend learning English as a second language and she is also thriving in the same ways.
My kids love the magnetic tiles and multi-sensory approach. I have one who is a very visual learner, and my other child needs to know why things are the way they are for him to understand them. This program is perfect for both of them. I love that it is not grade-level specific and you can move through the programs at the speed you and your child feel comfortable, without the pressure of getting through a curriculum.
My children also love how they can see their progress, which both motivates them and gives them confidence. They love moving on to a new book. The pictures in the readers facilitate comprehension. They are simple and black and white, but still very appealing. They are not overstimulating and they make the content of the text very clear, which was especially helpful to my ELL children. My 7 year old, who is a visual learner and can remember a word after he reads it one time, is ready for level 4, however he is not ready for the level of comprehension it requires. I may go ahead and complete the level with him for the sake of building his fluency, and then supplement with another literature program to build his understanding and language skills.
I love that my children are equipped with the tools they need to be able to decode any word, or to construct any word. It has really helped their problem solving skills as they both talk out loud to themselves and reason out the ways in which they should spell a word. While reading, I never have to tell them what a word says, but can remind them of simple rules or ask them certain questions about a rule, enabling them to successfully decode a word.
This program is so very different than many other spelling and reading programs, as a child does not have to rely on memorizing individual words in order to decode or spell them. If your child is gifted at memorizing words, then this program will fit your child and you can move at a faster pace. If your child has difficulty with memorizing words, then it gives your child the tools he or she needs to understand how different letters and sounds fit together in order to be a successful reader and speller and it also enables the instructor to quickly see the “holes” where your child might be struggling. Again, I have a child with both of these learning styles, and they are both thriving.
My children LOVE to read AND write because of these programs!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Carrie,
This is such a thorough and detailed review of AAR and AAS. Thank you so much! I’m sure this will be helpful to others, especially those considering using AAR and AAS for learning English. Again, thank you!

Jennifer

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Such a cute idea!

Korie Cox

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So clever! Thanks for the idea!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Korie,
I am impressed with every new ABC Snack blog post we put out. They are all so clever, cute, and fun!

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