We love the book “A Color of His Own” by Leo Lionni. It is a cute story about a little Chameleon who is sad that since he changes colors according to his surroundings he does not have a color of his own. So he decides to sit on a green leaf forever so that he will always be green. But of course the leaf changes color and so does he.
I love making pipe cleaner animals and decided to make some chameleon pipe cleaner animals and matching leaves and turn it into a color matching activity. I also love doing activities with Benjamin that bring our favorite books to life.
First, loop a green pipe cleaner in half. Remember that the circle part will be the chameleon’s head.
Next, loop one of the halves of the pipe cleaner around the head until it is covered. Coil a second pipe cleaner around a pencil, coiling more loosely in the middle if possible.
Attach the pipe cleaners together and curl the tail. Cut 2 pieces for the legs, bending over the ends for the feet.
Attach the legs. Glue on the googly eyes. Add a long red tongue.
Hide these chameleons around the house for fun.
Take pictures of your chameleons in weird places.
Play with these colorful chameleons as you read “A Color of His Own”. You can also lay out the leaves and then encourage your child to match the different color chameleons to the correct leaves.