I originally saw this idea over on Tippy Toe Crafts. It has been on the back of my mind for over a year. When we read The Mixed Up Chameleon, I knew it was the perfect time to try this one out.
Rea loves painting, I love creating “toys,” and we both love how magical this feels.
 This activity works on creative skills and engineering skills.
Grab a copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, using spatial awareness to coordinate the features of the representation
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways
  • Identify basic colors

Engineering

  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, with accuracy and detail
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways
  • Identify basic colors and understand that you can combine colors to make new colors

Engineering

  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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Paper Plate Chameleon Template

*Paper Plate (2)

*Washable Paint

*Paint Brushes

*Googley Eye

*Glue

*Scissors

*Paper Clip

Step #1
Print and cut out the Paper Plate Chameleon Template.

After cutting out the outline of the chameleon, be sure to cut out the large black oval (his eye).

Step #2
Paint one paper plate using washable paints.
Step #3
While the paint dries, trace the chameleon on the second paper plate.

*Be sure the chameleon is not on the center of the plate or it will not be able to change color.

Step #4

Cut the chameleon out of the paper plate and glue a googley eye on the circle.

Step #5
Place the chameleon plate on top of the painted plate.

Use a pen to poke a hole through the center of both plates.

Step #6
Bend a paperclip so that it goes through the two plates. Re-bend it shut to secure the plates together.

Spin the colorful plate to watch the chameleon change colors.

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