This flannel activity was pretty much inspired by the new book Who Am I? written by Gervase Phinn and illustrated by Tony Ross. For those who aren't familiar with this book a little chameleon hatches from an egg and it doesn't know who he is and where he came from. He plods along and meets all sorts of animals to question about his origin. Every time he meets an animal the little chameleon will change colors and patterns to match the new stranger. It's a great book!
Chameleon Fun flannel board, Toddler and Preschool Storytime,
Created by Dorothy WP-CC, 2012.
To make this flannel board I found this chameleon printable online to use as my template for the body. Then I simply cute circles, rectangles and triangles out of fun animal print felt (why just use plain simple color felt when you have animal print felt?!) for the interactive pieces. The body of the chameleon is about 12 inches in length and 7 inches tall so there is plenty of room for gobs of shapes.
The toddlers pretty much went at it when I gave them their shapes, but the preschoolers took turns putting on their two shapes. Another fun way of doing this is having an larger example of each shape and asking the children who had a matching shape to come up and put the piece on the chameleon.
The preschoolers loved this flannel board as much as the toddlers did. Some pointed out that (after we went through the book Chameleon, Chameleon) chameleons really can't do animal prints in real life, but it was fun to use our imaginations so that the creature could.
Have a great weekend!