The Chameleon is a fascinating animal and one that children are often curious to know more about. In light of this, here is a fun and easy colour changing Chameleon craft activity for kids using paper plates!
The Chameleon is a wonderful and awe-inspiring animal and one that often spikes a child’s curiosity. Possibly because of it’s ability to change colour so to blend into it’s surroundings or because of it’s super long, projectile tongue that can snag it’s food from a distance and with speed and accuracy.
They really are amazing and an animal that has particularly fascinated Possum (aged 5 years). She even chose to research the chameleon for her school project!
In light of Possum’s interest and having seen this activity made on the Dad Lab You Tube channel, we thought we would have a go at a colour changing Chameleon craft activity for kids using paper plates!
For this craft you will need –
- 2 x paper plates
- split pin
Begin by drawing a Chameleon outline on your first paper plate. I drew ours free-hand, but you might like use one the these Chameleon templates to help you. Cut it out.
Have you child paint the second paper plate with different colours.
Once the paint has dried, place the plate with the Chameleon outline on top of the painted plate and add a split pin through the middle. We didn’t have a split pin handy so used a small piece of plastic covered wire instead.
As your child spins the painted plate it will look like the Chameleon is changing colours!
Fun facts about the Chameleon
There are many great and interesting facts about the Chameleon that your child might be interested to learn. We discovered from our investigation –
- Chameleons are lizards
- There are 160 different species
- They live in warm habitats, from rainforests through to desert areas
- Chameleon don’t always change colour to camouflage themselves from prey. They can change colour to express emotion or to suit their environment.
The Chameleon is a wonderful and very interesting animal and kids love learning more about what makes it so unique. The fact that it can change colours because of the pigment in it’s skin is always fascinating. So when you’re next looking to investigate an animal, consider this colour changing Chameleon craft activity for kids using paper plates. It’s a winner!
Does the Chameleon interest you or your child?
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