Swivel and Swirl Fact Books


Create one-of-a-kind layered fact books in amazing shapes. The tentacles on this octopus swivel, for example, so your report is sure to grab attention!


1. The more you study about any animal, the more intriguing it becomes. Take the octopus. You probably know that it has eight tentacles. However, did you know that each of those tentacles has 240 sucker cups to help pull it along or secure it during a storm? Do the math: One octopus has a sucker power of 1,920.

2. To present facts about the creature you are studying, create a booklet in that animal’s shape. Decide how many pages (or facts) you’ll collect. The eight tentacles of the octopus invite an eight-paged booklet. Your animal might inspire a different number.

3. On a recycled file folder, draw the biggest shape of your animal’s body with Crayola Twistables® Colored Pencils. Cut out the shape, which will be your cover.

4. For each page of your book, trace the base as a starting point. With the octopus, each page has a tentacle coming off the base shape in a different direction.

5. After you have cut out all the pages for your book, write your facts on them. Color the rest of the page to look like your animal. An octopus changes colors in order to blend in with its surroundings.

6. Layer the pages of your book on top of each other. Title and decorate the cover. With a punch, make matching holes through all the pages. Thread a brad through it, joining all the pages. Swivel and swirl your book of animal facts as you share your findings with classmates.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Start a library of student-produced books.
  • Make similar books about historical figures, inanimate objects such as inventions or famous buildings, or stories and book characters. The possibilities are endless!
  • Assessment: Students fabricated a book with at least four pages of accurate information about a unique animal. Their presentations to classmates were informative and engaging.

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crayola supplies
  • Twistables® Colored Pencils
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • hole punch
  • recycled file folders
  • brass paper fasteners



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students research facts about a selected animal.

  • Students construct an interactive booklet in the form of the animal.

  • Students report their information in their books to classmates.


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