I saw this chameleon project at Art Projects for Kids, one of my favorite art blogs, and I knew it would be perfect for our art group. We checked out the suggested accompanying book, The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle and two other chameleon-themed favorites of M’s, A Color of His Own by Leo Lioni and Leon the Chameleon by Melanie Watt.
We started our morning by reading the stories. Then each child got a chameleon form to trace in crayon (I traced them for the younger siblings that joined us). I reminded them that the paint would not cover crayon and encouraged them to draw designs and/or features on their chameleons.
Next I brought out trays of water colors and they painted over their chamelons. I was impressed with the variety of designs they created.