Friday, April 8, 2011

Eric Carle Inspired "Mixed Up Chameleon" Kids Craft Project #77

Eric Carle Inspired "Mixed Up Chameleon" Kids Craft
Preschool Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up    
Our "Mixed Up Chameleon" Kids Craft
Our "Mixed Up Chameleon" Kids Craft
Supplies Needed:
  • Double Sided Tape, Paste, or White Glue
  • Waxed Paper, Tracing Paper, or Tissue Paper
  • Marker, Highlighter, or Pencil
  • Different Colors of Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • 2 Googly Eyes
  • An Adult to Make and then Cut Out the Template :)
Time Needed:  
  • 20-30 Minutes plus drying time
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What To Do:
  1. Place your Waxed Paper, Tracing Paper, or Tissue Paper over the book "The Mixed Up Chameleon" by Eric Carle.
  2. ADULT: Trace the shape of the chameleon onto the tracing paper. Make sure to trace the feet, tongue and the segment breaks as well.

  3. Attach your chameleon template onto a piece of construction paper with double sided tape.
    HINT: Make sure there is tape to hold each segment to the paper.
  4. ADULT: Put another piece of construction paper under it and now cut out the head.
  5. Remove that piece of construction paper.
    HINT: It is easiest to cut out the feet separately but that's up to you. Also, you may want to number the pieces to make it quick to put the chameleon together.
  6. ADULT: Put a different color construction paper under the template and cut out the next segment. 
  7. Remove that piece of construction paper.
  8. ADULT:  Repeat steps 4-7 until all segments have been cut out.
    Just showing the segments. Yours will
    have each segment as a different color.
    Sorry about the missing head. Someone
    walked off with it LOL!

  9. Tape or glue each piece of the chameleon onto a new piece of construction paper.
  10. Add googly eyes.
  11. Make a fly and attach that to the end of his tongue!

  12. Let dry completely if you used glue.
  13. ENJOY! You're done!

Why We Love Crafts for Kids:
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

For Children with Special Needs: 
Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.

This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. There are absolutely no wrong color choices on this project!

Substitute any listed supplies for supplies that your child enjoys working with. You can use anything from glue to paste to glue dots to tape on this project.  You can use construction paper, tissue paper, or white paper that your child colors himself!

For Older Children:
An older child will also enjoy this project and can do his own scissor work.


This kids craft project was inspired by "The Mixed Up Chameleon" By Eric Carle. The chameleon's life was not very exciting until the day it discovered it could change not only its color but its shape and size, too. When it saw the wonderful animals in the zoo, it immediately wanted to be like them - and ended up being like all of them at once - with hilarious results. The pages are cut in unique Eric Carle style and entice children to point, count, and name both colors and animals. Great to use if you're working on language skills.



Glynnis said...

I can't believe it! I JUST had a chamelion storytime this morning! We painted ours but this is great! I spread the word about this blog to every librarian I know!

Deborah said...

I love this - you are the Eric Carle craft master!

Erica MomandKiddo said...

How fun. Thanks for sharing at The Children's Bookshelf.

Bethany Winston said...

Very cute! Thanks for sharing with The Children's Bookshelf. Have you ever seen Imagination Tree's Eric Carle inspired art? You would probably enjoy that.

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