This chameleon is a simple cut and paste paper craft that is fun for young children to make. It makes a great project for preschool and kindergarten kids and works well for an animals, rainforest or reptiles theme. (He's holding a paintbrush because chameleons change color to match their surroundings.)
There is a small (single page) and larger (two templates) version to choose from.
This paper chameleon craft is a great accompaniment to the children’s book Them Mixed Chameleon by Eric Carle.
- something to color with if using the B&W version,
- You can use brass fasteners ("brads") instead of glue to attach the head, tail or arms if you want them to be moveable.
- Print out the template of choice.
- Color (where appropriate).
- Cut out the template pieces -- parents can help cut out some of the more difficult pieces like the paintbrush while children work on the easier pieces like the body and legs.
- Glue the chameleon together in the following order:
- Glue the feet behind the body
- Glue the arms onto the body
- Glue the paintbrush into one of the hands
- Glue the head onto the body
- Glue the tail onto the back of the body
- See picture on the template for further help.
- Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).
Small Template (only 1 template needed)
Large Template (2 templates needed)