Henry has been a bit of a reluctant reader. I've tried go get creative thinking of ways to make reading more engaging and fun for him. One thing we've loved is doing art projects to go along with the books we read. A few weeks ago, Henry had a chameleon fascination; he was curious about how they change color, where they live, what they look like. So over Spring break we read Leo Lionni's "A Color of His Own" about a little chameleon who is trying to make peace with his changeable appearance. We loved it. (Of course we did. Have we ever met a Lionni book we didn't love?)
We also loved doing a little painting project after we read the story.
I traced the outline of a chameleon and made several copies.
Water colors would have been sensational, but the kids insisted on finger paint; it was fun to have a tactile experience, but the fingerpaint mess is formidable!)
And the kids had so much fun painting all kinds of colorful chameleons.