One of our favorite Eric Carle books is The Mixed Up Chameleon! Here’s a simple fine motor activity and counting game you can make for kids inspired by the book. There’s also a free chameleon pattern to help you create your game!
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We’re back again this week with our newest post in the Preschool Book Club Series. This week’s book is The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle! After reading about our fine motor and math game, be sure to check out all the other creative activities to go with this book linked up at the end of this post! (This post contains affiliate links.)
Also be sure to check out our Preschool Book Club posts from the previous weeks:
- Subtraction math game inspired by Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
- Alphabet play set based on the story, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
- Kid-made cookies from the story, Little Blue and Little Yellow
“Feed Me Flies” Fine Motor and Counting Game
The Mixed Up Chameleon is such a fun story for kids! In the story a chameleon wishes he could be like all the other animals he sees and takes on their features as the story progresses. The kids love how he ends up one big, silly looking animal! But, in the end, the chameleon realizes it’s just best to be himself- especially when it comes to catching flies to eat!
For this week’s activity, I created a fun fine motor and counting game called “Feed Me Flies”. In this game kids gain fine motor practice as they feed ‘flies’ to the chameleon. Children can also practice their counting skills as they drop each fly into the container.
Materials for Game
- Small black pompoms
- White pipe cleaners (optional)
- Small container (We used the container from our Crystal Light Drink Mix.)
- Tape or glue
- Crayons or colored pencils
- Clothespin or tweezers
- Free chameleon printable
How to Make the Game
1. For this game you’ll need a small container. We used a plastic drink mix container. You could also use a toilet paper roll and cover the bottom of it with a small piece of paper and rubber band.
2. Print out the free chameleon printable. Color in the chameleon.
3. Cut out the chameleon.
If a child is cutting it out, I’d recommend having them “bubble” cut it. Bubble cutting is where you imagine the image you’re cutting out is in a bubble so you just cut around the whole image rather than on the black lines.
4. Tape your chameleon to your container.
5. You’ll need black pompoms for this game. We made ours resemble flies by twisting small pieces of white pipe cleaner around the pompoms. This is completely optional though. Plain black pompoms work just fine!
How to Play the “Feed Me Flies” Game
Have your child use either a clothespin or pair of tweezers to pick up the flies one at a time and feed them to the hungry chameleon!
My 2 1/2 year old enjoyed doing this over and over for quite a while!
You can also turn it into a counting game. Using a black Sharpie, write the numbers 1-3 on a wooden block to make a die for your game. Roll the die and feed your chameleon the number of flies rolled. This was perfect for my toddler- he has been loving counting objects!
And I love that the game is so easy to clean up and store. Just put all the pieces into the container…
…and snap the lid on. You can store it right next to the book for the kids to play again!
More The Mixed Up Chameleon Activities
We’ll be back next Tuesday with our final contribution to the Preschool Book Club series. In the meantime, be sure to check out all the creative The Mixed Up Chameleon activities created by the other participating blogs!
Mixed Up Chameleon Mixed Up Snack Mix from Sugar Aunts
The Mixed Up Chameleon Sensory Bin from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Eric Carle Inspired Mixed Up Creatures from Homegrown Friends
Camouflaged Chameleon Hunt Inspired by The Mixed-Up Chameleon from Mama Papa Bubba
Eric Carle Inspired Mixed Up Chameleon Art from Meri Cherry