Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Colorful Chameleons

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.

We pulled out the finger paint. (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.

Next up, I think we'll do a torn paper series of Season pictures in the style of Lionni's "A Busy Year." So many fun ways to mingle art & children's literature.



Christie said...

Love that book! Been reading it to my kids forever. We've caught many chameleons here where we live and the kids have had fun taking care of them. :)

Lu said...

My husband and I loved that book since waay before we had our son. For us, it's a cute book that sums up us pretty succinctly... being together is better! Cheesy but I love it :)

Ihilani said...

that is such a great idea! I can't wait for my daughter to get a little older so we can do these fun things together!

Anonymous said...

What an adorable idea! I've never heard of this particular Lionni story, but will absolutely be looking into it now that we have a little girl on the way -- Thanks for sharing.

jeanine said...

I love that idea! I'd love to know what else you come up with to get Henry reading... my William is often reluctant as well.

Andrea said...

Oh, how I love mixing art and reading--two of my favorite things! I love this idea.

Danielle said...

great idea! I feel like I need to add a little creativity into Avery's life.

Tracey said...

This is an awesome idea. Thanks. Haven't heard of the books so will check them out too! Maybe they are not so popular here yet?