Have you read the book A Color of His Own (affiliate link) by Leo Lionni? It’s a cute story about a little chameleon and his journey through changing colors and how he feels about it. There are so many cute extensions for this book and it also provides preschoolers with a color learning opportunity. Today I am sharing a chameleon craft and game inspired by the book! My daughter giggles when playing the ‘Find the Chameleon’ game.
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About the Book A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
This cute kids story is about a chameleon who is sad that he doesn’t have a color of his own. All the other animals stay the same color while he changes depending on his surroundings. He attempts to stay one color by staying on a leaf. However, every season the leaves change colors and so does he. Eventually he meets another chameleon whom he becomes friends with. By staying together, they will always have someone the same color and they can change colors together.
I would definitely recommend this cute kids book for younger children! Both my kids thought it was funny during the times/ages I read it to them.
- fuzzy sticks*
- pom pom*
- craft foam
- googly eye*
- washi tape (optional)
*We received some of the supplies free from CraftProjectIdeas.com to use in our crafts and share them on our blog. You can purchase their (reasonably priced) products at Walmart. Look for “Horizon Group’ on the label.
How to make the chameleon:
Choose the colors you would like the chameleon to be. Little Sister almost always chooses pink! I brought out our washi tape which all happened to have black and white patterns. We chose a striped tape to use on the chameleon’s body.
Draw a simple outline of a chameleon’s body without the tail on a sheet of craft foam. You will be adding the tail on later. Add a sticky googly eye (or glue one) on to a pom pom. Glue this on top of the head area on the piece you just cut out.
Place the chameleon’s body alongside the clothespin (flat edge). Wrap washi tape around the chameleon and the clothespin so they are attached together. Ours is wrapped on just one of the parts that you pinch together. We did 3 washi tape stripes on ours.
Grab a fuzzy stick and wrap it around the other end of the body. Shape it and coil it so that it resembles the curly tail found on chameleons.
Optional: Add washi tape to the remaining part of the clothespin that shows and the opposite side. We used a different pattern tape.
A Color of His Own Activities
After our chameleon craft was finished, we played a ‘Find the Chameleon’ game.
We took turns hiding or finding it. It’s fun having it on a clothespin because then you can attach it to things like the curtains. We had fun finding different places where the chameleon would blend it make it harder to find.
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Join us every month for a new crafty challenge. This month’s theme was crafts and activities based on popular preschool books. Incase you missed it, last month was egg cartons and they all turned out so cute! Stop back next month for our cd challenge.
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