October 8th Special Days - Featuring 21+ Octopus Freebies!

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, October 07, 2019 | 0 comments
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Image: Blue Octopus, by Sandrine RONGÈRE on Pixabay

October 8th is... International Octopus Day, Alvin C. York Day, Great Chicago Fire, American Touch Tag Day, Colorism Awareness Day, National Pierogi Day, International Percy Jackson Day, National Fluffernutter Day, National Salmon Day, International Lesbian Day, National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, Navy Day (Peru), Children's Day (Iran), St. Bridget's Feast (Sweden), St. Pelagia's Day

More Special Days: Yom Kippur, Ada Lovelace Day, Own Business Day, World Child Development Day, National Face Your Fears Day, Headspace Day (Australia)

PLUS - interesting books to read and free printables, papercrafts, kid crafts, activities, and coloring pages.

Want more Holidays to celebrate? Click for our Index of Holiday Freebies

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Image: Octopus: The Ocean's Intelligent Invertebrate, by Roland C. Anderson (Author), Jennifer A. Mather (Author), James B. Wood (Author). Publisher: Timber Press (November 1, 2013)International Octopus Day
-- Octopuses have some remarkable assets, including eight semi-autonomous arms, thousands of smart suckers, cold-adapted blue blood, three beating hearts, and eerily advanced intelligence. And they have been around for 300 million years—long before even the ancient T. rex emerged. Take a little time to remember these incredible eight-armed animals out in the oceans, quietly catching crabs, masquerading as other animals and occasionally even using tools.

Read: Octopus: The Ocean's Intelligent Invertebrate
-- In this beautifully photographed book, three leading marine biologists bring readers face to face with these amazingly complex animals which have fascinated scientists for decades. From the molluscan ancestry of today's octopus to its ingenious anatomy, amazing mating, and predatory behaviors, and other-worldly relatives, the authors take readers through the astounding life cycle, uncovering the details of distinctive octopus personalities. With personal narratives, underwater research, stunning close-up photography, and thoughtful guidance for keeping octopuses in captivity.

Image: Steampunk Octopus Collectible FigurineSteampunk Octopus Collectible Figurine -- Would look really cool in a bathroom, especially with a Beware of Octopus sign. Makes an obscure statement... be prepared for questions! Made of polyresin, hand painted and polished. Great decoration or gift idea!

Image: Purple Ooey Gooey Octopus Squishy Squeezable Tactile FidgetOoey Gooey Octopus -- Large Stretchy Jiggly Figurine Feels Great In Your Hand. Doesn't Get Your Hands Dirty, Filled With Non-Toxic Rubbery Goo. Great For Manipulation And Tactile Exploration. Perfect For Gifts, Party Favors, Stocking Stuffers, Special Needs Therapy and So Much More! A great fidget for stress relief.

Octopus Coloring and Activity Books

Image: Children's Book About Octopus: A Kids Picture Book Octopus with Photos and Fun Facts | Kindle Edition | by Ling Chung (Author). Publisher: Twilight Publishing (January 16, 2014)
All About Octopuses
Amazon Freebies:

πŸ™ Read Octopus ebooks for free with a Free Trial of Kindle Unlimited

πŸ™ Free Octopus apps

πŸ™ Free Octopus games

πŸ™ Listen to Octopus LPs with a Free Trial of Amazon Music Unlimited

πŸ™ Watch Octopus Videos for Free with a Free Trial of Amazon Prime

πŸ™ Listen to Octopus Audible books with Amazon Audible, and Get Two Free Audiobooks

πŸ™ Free Alexa Skills | Octopus

Free Printables, Coloring Pages, Activities and Crafts:

πŸ™ Octopus Printables

πŸ™ 10 Cute Octopus Coloring Pages Your Toddler Will Love to Color

πŸ™ Octopus Cheerio Project

πŸ™ Free printable octopus coloring page

πŸ™ Octopus-Themed Classroom Printables Collection

πŸ™ Ocean Octopus Connect the Dots Printable | Woo! Jr. Kids

πŸ™ Watercolour Octopus Free Summer Printables

πŸ™ Peg Dolls and Cardboard Sea Creatures

πŸ™ Free Sea Animals Do a Dot Printables

πŸ™ Octopus Papercraft

πŸ™ Doctor Octopus Papercraft

πŸ™ Easy DIY Dog Toy: The Octopus

πŸ™ Super Cute and Easy Octopus Cupcakes

πŸ™ Octopus Hat | Free Pattern

American Touch Tag Day
- celebrating the joy of playing Touch Tag. Teach a child about the many ways this game can be played.

Alvin C. York Day
- While in the Argonne Forest, France, and separated from his patrol, Sergeant Alvin C. York killed 20 enemy soldiers and captured a hill, 132 enemy soldiers and 35 machine guns. He was awarded the US Medal of Honor and French Croix de Guerre.

Great Chicago Fire
- On October 8, 1871, at around 9pm on a Sunday evening, a fire began in a barn outside Chicago, owned by Mrs. Katherine O'Leary. Driven by a strong wind out of the southwest, the flames headed straight for the center of the city, with branches of flame shooting in several directions.

National Pierogy Day
- Commemorates the day in 1952 when pierogies were first delivered to a grocery store in Shenandoah, PA—marking the emergence of the traditional Eastern European food as a mainstream American meal staple.

National Fluffernutter Day
- Everybody knows about the popular sandwich everyone ate as a kid. When did you last eat one? Well, today go ahead and make a sandwich and remember your childhood.

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