Collage · Colouring

“The Mixed-up Chameleon” by Eric Carle

“The Mixed-up Chameleon” is a classic Eric Carle book, about a chameleon who wishes he can be something more, and do a multitude of other things. After feeling all mixed up and unable to be himself, he soon realizes that he misses his old self. It’s a great story about not taking for granted who you are and what you can do! Published by Harper Collins Publishers.

Inspired Activity: Mixed-up Chameleon Collage

Supplies you will need:

  • Contour tracing of the chameleon
  • Coloring pencils or crayons
  • A variety of textured materials and add-ons* such as:
    • yarn
    • cut up straws
    • pom poms
    • buttons
    • tissue paper
    • stickers
    • pipe cleaners, etc.
  • Glue and scissors

*Each group of add-ons will be a different colour set, for example, red buttons, blue yarn, etc.

To create the drawing of the chameleon, I literally took a white sheet of paper and traced the cover of the book, and then traced it again with a black sharpie marker.

The next step was to colour the chameleon in. I propped up the book for reference, to follow the colour pattern of the chameleon on the cover, but any colour pattern will work.

Once the coloring was done it was time to fill in each colour block with different add-ons to create a textured collage effect. I let my girls play with the add-ons and experiment with placement of them on the chameleon. My oldest followed the colour pattern very well. Her finished chameleon colour pattern was not mixed-up after all.

In a Public Library setting:

An activity like this would be great for young ages (4+), as it involves simple tasks such as colouring and gluing. This project could work well as a drop-in discovery activity in a low-tech makerspace setting. The instructions are straight forward and simple, and with materials already provided and ready to use, this activity would allow kids and their caregivers to explore and create freely on their own.

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