Part of the fun of having my school-age children for the full day in the summer is their desire for doing art projects. The challenge for me is to continue to find ways to teach techniques, expanding learning while considering current interests.
This activity met the requirements of wanting to paint and wanting something finished to take home. I wanted to reinforce the importance of not over painting until it was a mud color/ or knowing when to stop. We have been having lots of play involving rainbow colors and patterns. For storytime I’ve been reading Eric Carle books. Putting this all together and pulling from my Pinterest boards I pulled together the materials for spinning chameleons. I was inspired by a colorful chameleons project on Tippytoe Crafts.
We started with finding a coloring page that provided the size and position the children wanted for their chameleons.
I traced the page from Hedgie’s Desk and made a stencil for our spinner cut-out while the children got started painting paper plates using tempera paints.
I couldn’t waste all the tempera paint spread over the paint tray, so I showed them how to do a print by placing paper down on the tray. I them went for a lesson on symmetry by folding that paper in half, pressing and opening. Did this twice rotating 180 degrees between each print/fold and press. We’ll use this texture paper later for another project.
Once the back plate was painted the children chose to switch to watercolor for the top plate. They all went with blue for a sky look. Some will add a construction paper branch for the chameleon to be climbing along.
I loved how they used every paint brush from the brush box. 🙂
To finish we traced the chameleon shape onto the top plate, cut it out (remember to place an eye) and glued the branch into place. We used a colored googly eye. Notice the branch helped with providing a tail for our chameleon. Last was push the brad through and we had our finished spinning chameleon.
The children enjoyed the changing chameleon that occurred as the top plate was spun.
(For those wondering about the punched holes. We recycled some left-over plates from a prior project. The holes didn’t affect this project.)