A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni is a classic book that both children and adults adore! In the book, a sad Chameleon desperately wants a color of his own like the other animals have. Throughout the book, the Chameleon tries to obtain his own color. In the end of the book the sad chameleon finds peace, but not exactly in the way he was expecting! Your children will enjoy reading the book, creating the chameleon crafts with Wikki Stix, and playing games to extend the story throughout the summer!
Wikki Stix Chameleon Crafts for Kids
- Assorted Colors of Wikki Stix
The chameleon crafts are made with tight Wikki Stix coils. Have the children wrap one Wikki Stix in tight circles to form a coiled shape (this design will form the tail and part of the mid-section of the chameleon). Another Wikki Stix can be coiled to form the head and the remaining half of the mid-section (see photo below). Both coiled pieces can then be attached to form the body of the chameleon. The tail and tongue portions of the craft are created with Wikki Stix that is spiraled at the end. Invite the kids to create a small Wikki Stix shaped ball for the chameleon’s eye and then cut a Wikki Stix in half to form the legs (attach the legs under the body of the Chameleon).
Invite the children to choose any color of Wikki Stix to create their chameleon crafts. When finished creating, enjoy the extension activities below to accompany the book.
Extension Activities for A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
Sing the Rainbow Color Song:
Rainbow Song (Tune: Row, Row, Row your Boat)
Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue
Purple and Orange, too!
We can sing a Rainbow,
So CAN You!
Play Hide and Seek with the Wikki Stix Chameleon Crafts:
Have one child hide the colored Wikki Stix chameleon crafts around the house or the classroom while other children close their eyes. The chameleons can “hidden” in plain view, but on objects that are the same color as the chameleon craft. Invite the other children to locate all the created chameleons. When all are found, choose another player to hide the chameleons.
Make a Wikki Stix “Magnifying Glass”
1). Use two Wikki Stix and twist both strands together. Form a circle at the top to make a pretend magnifying glass. Invite the children to use the “magnifying glass” to look through the book to locate specific letters, the letter of the week, or any sight words the children are working on.
2). Invite the children to LOOK at each other with the Wikki Stix created magnifying glasses. What are the differences they see in each other? What unique qualities make each child beautiful? It’s a great awareness activity for kids to reinforce the lesson in the book.
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