Colorful Chameleons- A Color of His Own

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Colorful Chameleon Craft to go with Leo Lionni's book A Color Of His Own or Eric Carle's Mixed-Up Chameleon. Made with liquid watercolor paint and eyedroppers! Beautiful art process for kids!

We're doing a bit of an author study about Leo Lionni lately.  I've found that his books are great for my girls' ages right now.  Lena (5.5) is able to really understand and think about the lessons taught in each story.  She also notices the little details in the illustrations and is able to talk about the artistic style.  Maggie (almost 4) just likes the pretty pictures and cute (sometimes silly) stories.

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Colorful Chameleon Craft for Kids to use with Leo Lionni A Color Of His Own

We've especially enjoyed A Color Of His Own.  The bright colors are so appealing, and I love the lesson about accepting yourself for who you are.

We've done several eyedropper crafts before, and the girls always enjoy using them as craft tools.  This book, especially the artistic style of Leo Lionni, seemed perfectly suited for using eyedroppers.  I think you'll agree that the results are oh-so-pretty!
 
Colorful Chameleon Craft for Kids to use with Leo Lionni A Color Of His Own

Gather Materials For Watercolor Chameleons

Some Notes About Your Materials

Watercolor paper is essential.  Regular copy paper or painting paper won't allow the colors to bleed properly.

Colorful Chameleon Craft for Kids to use with Leo Lionni A Color Of His Own

We love using liquid watercolors.  If you don't have any, you can use dried cakes of watercolor and dissolve them in some water.  Just pop the little cake out of the package and mix about half of one cake  with 1/4 cup of water to give you nice vibrant colors.

Paint Your Watercolor Paper


Colorful Chameleon Craft for Kids to use with Leo Lionni A Color Of His Own

Using a brush and some plain water, brush your paper with a thin layer of water.  This will help the colors to bleed nicely instead of beading up.  If the paper isn't wet, the colors won't bleed.

Colorful Chameleon Craft for Kids to use with Leo Lionni A Color Of His Own

Next, let your child use the eyedroppers to paint the paper.

Colorful Chameleon Craft for Kids to use with Leo Lionni A Color Of His Own

Using an eyedropper is great fine motor work. 

Colorful Chameleon Craft for Kids to use with Leo Lionni A Color Of His Own

It can take a while to get the hang of slurping up some liquid and gently squeezing out one drop at a time!

Colorful Chameleon Craft for Kids to use with Leo Lionni A Color Of His Own

Try to encourage your children to use one drop at a time.  My girls kept wanting to make big puddles (like above), but they eventually got the hang of it!

If you want, you can reference the book and try to copy some of the color patterns.

Colorful Chameleon Craft for Kids to use with Leo Lionni A Color Of His Own

Set the paper aside to dry.

Trace and Cut Chameleons


Colorful Chameleon Craft for Kids to use with Leo Lionni A Color Of His Own

Print a chameleon and cut it out.  I adjusted the size in my printer settings, and made them big enough to fit 3 chameleons on one sheet of watercolor paper.  Trace it on the back of your painted paper and cut it out.

Colorful Chameleon Craft for Kids to use with Leo Lionni A Color Of His Own

Be sure to trace and cut out a spiral tail, so that your chameleon can cling to a stick!

Colorful Chameleon Craft for Kids to use with Leo Lionni A Color Of His Own

Next, outline the chameleon with a black marker.  Add any details (like a mouth) that you want.  Glue on a googly eye, or draw one on.

Colorful Chameleon Craft for Kids to use with Leo Lionni A Color Of His Own

Find a nice straight stick outside and wrap your chameleon's tail and claws around.  Our clung pretty easily!

Colorful Chameleon Craft for Kids to use with Leo Lionni A Color Of His Own

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