In this creative activity, we'll dive deep into the ocean to learn about these incredible cephalopods and understand how to differentiate between squids and cuttlefish.

Let's captivate children's curiosity and encourage them to investigate the distinct characteristics of squids and cuttlefish. By the end of our adventure, your little learners will be able to tell these remarkable cephalopods apart and appreciate their unique traits.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of the deep blue sea as we set sail on an unforgettable learning journey.

Let's dive in!

Printable & Activity Objectives

Age: 7 to 9 year olds, Activity Time:1-2 hours, Items Needed: Writing and colouring pencils

This activity aims to educate students about cephalopods and the distinguishing characteristics of squids and cuttlefish.

It will help your child or student with:

  1. Educational Exploration: The activity provides a creative and interactive way for children to learn about marine life, specifically squids and cuttlefishes. It fosters a love for marine biology and encourages kids to appreciate the diversity of life in the oceans.
  2. Observation Skills: To differentiate between squids and cuttlefishes, children will have to carefully observe and research about their unique features. This helps improve their observational skills, a crucial ability in scientific inquiry.
  3. Multidisciplinary Learning: This activity can touch upon various subjects such as biology, art and geography (exploring the ocean habitats of squids and cuttlefishes).
  4. Environmental Awareness: The activity can spark discussions about the importance of conservation and the role humans play in protecting marine ecosystems.

Let's get started!

Classroom Resources

Simple steps to start:

  • Research and learn more about cephalopods, squids and cuttlefishes. Here's a great introduction video about the ABCs of cephalopods:

Here's a super interesting video about how squids, cuttlefishes and octopus change the colours, patterns and even the textures of their skin:

Here's a video of a rare sighting of a giant squid spotted in central Japan:

Here's a video of the amazing camouflaging capabilities of the cuttlefish:

  • Get started on the printable worksheet!

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What's in the Printable Worksheet Pack

This printable pack consists of 4 printable learning challenge worksheets. Here are what it comprises of:

  • 1 printable squid and cuttlefish drawing sheet.
  • 1 printable key difference sheet between squids and cuttlefishes sheet.
  • 2 printable squid and cuttlefish colouring sheets.

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