My husband is a huge Beatles fan. Once in awhile he’ll give me nuggets of information about the Beatles that I didn’t know. Last week, it was the fact that octopus’s gardens that feature in Ringo’s famous song of the same name are real. I didn’t know that. Then. But now I do, and the idea fascinated me. I immediately began researching both octopuses (apparently it’s incorrect to call them octopi) and their gardens. It turns out that these amazing creatures are very intelligent and the gardens they truly do create serve a very practical purpose–to protect them from predators by giving them something colorful and so busy that they can hide behind and within them for protection. They use gorgeous coral, shells, and anything else that attracts their attention (even the occasional dropped wedding ring).
I couldn’t deal with such a topic without taking the opportunity to point out that octopuses are not creatures that many people find especially easy to look at, but they are intelligent, potentially affectionate, and creative in their own way. This was too good a message to pass up. I thought it would be beneficial to build my own octopus’s garden on canvas and then let the little ones watching help me add to it with a few shells, etc. So that’s just what we did.
As a very nice side note, I found out a few days ago that my son-in-law sings Ringo’s song to my four-year-old grandson as a lullaby and I had no idea! So little Charlie instantly connected to this episode (and sang Octopus’s Garden to me on FaceTime to prove it!). So here’s the presentation on octopus’s gardens. They’re real, indeed. And so was the fun getting this one ready.