Thursday, April 3, 2014

Chameleon

Thank you for visiting me during the A to Z Challenge! I hope you'll join me throughout the month of April. I'll be exploring animal crafts with Sassy Pants for each letter of the alphabet. Not only that, but I'll be sharing with you some interesting facts about each animal. (Just to showcase what a nerdy homeschooling mama I am. LOL)

C is for Chameleon

Chameleons are absolutely fascinating! I wish I could change colors. Actually, as quickly as I sunburn in the summer, I guess I do! 

Here are some interesting facts about chameleons:
  • There are about 160 species of chameleons, found mostly on the island of Madagascar, Africa, southern Europe, south Asia, and Sri Lanka. They also have been brought to the United States in Hawaii, California, and Florida.
  • Chameleon's eyes can move separately from each other so they can watch in two different directions at the same time. (This would be quite a helpful feature to have as a mother!)
  • Chameleons don't change color to match their environment. They change their color based on mood changes, temperature, light, and moisture.
  • Chameleons have ballistic tongues that are 1 1/2 to 2 times their body length. 
Color Changing Chameleon
Supplies:
2 pieces of card stock
watercolor paint
paintbrush
brad
scissors
chameleon coloring picture

Cut card stock into 2 same-size circles. Use watercolors to completely cover one circle with color. Small patches of colors will look better behind the cutout.

Trace the chameleon picture on the other circle and cut it out. After the painted circle is dry, attach the two circles with a brad in the middle, layering the cutout on top of the painted circle. As you turn the top circle, the colors of the chameleon will "change." 

Note: If you don't find the exact middle of BOTH circles, there will be some overlapping as you turn the top circle. This isn't a big deal if you're me and you're not a perfectionist. LOL
If you could change colors, 
what color would you like to be?
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