Changing Color Chameleon

Chameleons are amazing reptiles that possess a wide variety of interesting features including their ability to change color due to their emotions and as camouflage. Children will love making and playing with this simple craft to make their chameleons change color with paper plates.

Be sure to read these children books about chameleons while making this project: “The Mixed Up Chameleon” by Eric Carle, “A Color of His Own” by Leo Lionni, “Chameleons Are Cool” by Martin Jenkins, and “Chameleon” by Yusuke Yonezu.

See the video at bottom of page of us using the chameleon craft.

You Will Need:

Two Paper Plates
Dot Markers or Water Paints
Scissors or Craft Knife
Split Pin
Chameleon Silhouette Pattern

What to Do:

1. Allow children to use dot markers or water paint to decorate one paper plate in as many colors and patterns as they want.

2. On another plate trace a chameleon shape using a pencil. You can use the template we include above.

3. Cut out the chameleon with a scissor or craft knife for the children.

4. Place the plate with the chameleon cut out of it on top of the painted plate.

5. Use a split pin to fasten the plates together.

6. Have the kids turn the plate to make their chameleon change colors.

You can purchase the supplies and books by tapping the links above or by visiting my nanny storefront.

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