Chameleons are known for their ability to blend into their environment. Eric Carle has a book called The Mixed Up Chameleon. I woke up this morning remembering the fun we had as a family with this book. I hope your little ones will enjoy the adventure too.
First, get the book. You can order it online. Next, when the book arrives (before you read it to your children) get yourself a piece of clear plastic. I used an clear plastic page protector. Perhaps you have something around your house you can recycle. Take a Sharpie type marker and trace the chameleon from the book. Give your guy his eyes but nothing else but the outline and cut him out. You will want to cut one for each child.
As you begin the story you can bring out your chameleons and place them on the pages of the book and see how he blends in. Now this is fun and interactive but the real fun begins when the story is over. Now have your children take the chameleons and search around your house for places that their chameleon can hide. The chair, the bookcase, the refrigerator–daddy. You get the idea. If it is a nice day out, I would most certainly take the chameleons out for a walk and see how they blend into the grass, rocks and trees.
Make an ordinary special by taking a little bit of time with your children. Reading The Mixed Up Chameleon this way will open them up to joy of reading and the joy of using their imagination.
Cool. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing it. You’re so wonderful. Do you know that?