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The Mixed Up Chameleon – Story and Craft for Preschool

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After a long and unintentional but much needed break from writing, I’m finally sitting back down at the computer.  While the blog has been quiet these last few months, we certainly have not been!  Our wonderful family is expanding in a few months with the addition of another little one (a boy!) and while I’m so very grateful for this blessing, I have spent the better part of the last 5 months sick.  So while we’ve been continuing our usual fun at home, sitting down to write about it has not been a priority.  Until now! 🙂

I have a bunch of great things to share with you as well as our latest Before Five in a Row books.  Hopefully I’ll get the blog caught up with us soon but today I wanted to show you this cute craft we did at our Homeschool Coop recently to go along with Eric Carle’s The Mixed Up Chameleon.

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If you haven’t read the story, it’s about a chameleon who decides he is unhappy being only a chameleon.  When he stumbles upon a zoo, he picks out the best features of each animal he sees.  Once he is a mixed up combination of all these animals, he can’t catch flies anymore, making him realize he was perfect just the way he was.

Each animal he mentions correlates to a different color in the story, so we decided to have our preschoolers make their very own mixed up chameleons.  For an added element, I used different materials and textures for each color.  I listed below what I used but really it came down to what I already had in the house so the possibilities are endless.

To make your own chameleon, you will need:

  • Chameleon outline (you can download one at the bottom)
  • Glue
  • Material in a variety of colors, we used:
    • White – cotton balls
    • Pink – buttons
    • Red – cut up fabric
    • Orange – felt
    • Yellow – foam
    • Green – tissue paper
    • Blue – beads
    • Purple – ribbon

The beauty of this project is that your children can take charge on how they want to complete it.  Lay out all the materials for your little ones then sit back and watch to see them create their own versions of the mixed up chameleon.

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My kids really loved using all the different materials that we had and I really loved their creations.  Even J is getting big enough to make his own (with some help).

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While we are working our way through Before Five in a Row, we don’t usually do a story and matching craft like this.  Going forward, I think I will try to incorporate this idea more since the kids really loved the story and getting right to work on something afterwards.  Hope your kids have fun with it too!

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Download your chameleon outline here: Chameleon Outline

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