Friday, May 7, 2010

Preschool Corner ~ The Mixed-Up Chameleon


Our theme this week was Chameleons and the Letter C.

Book of the Week and Craft:

We read The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle. 

The Mixed-Up Chameleon

We all loved this book!  It is about a chameleon, whose life is not very exciting until he visits the zoo and discovers that he can change his shape and size.  When he sees all of the beautiful animals in the zoo, he wants to be like all of them and ends up looking quite crazy. 

For our craft I gave Aiden clipart pictures of all the things the chameleon meet at the zoo. I helped him cut them and he glued them to his chameleon.  Crazy looking isn’t he!


Then Aiden colored and added glitter to a picture of a chameleon.  Isn’t he beautiful ~ just as God intended him to be! 


We talked about how God has a plan for us and he already knows what we are suppose to be.  He doesn’t want us to be like everyone else ~ we are perfect just the way God made us!

For snack we had mixed-up frozen yogurt.  We used two flavors of yogurt and swirled them together.


Letter of the Week:

We made a C is for Chameleon.


Aiden searched for the letter C in a Hidden Letter picture. 

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To work on letter recognition I hid flies under sticky notes with letters on them.  He said the letter and lifted it to see if there was a fly hiding underneath.  If he found a fly I gave him a chocolate chip (fly) to eat.

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I put together a lapbook to go with the book The Mixed-Up Chameleon.  We worked on it a little each day.

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He arranged Size Sort Chameleons on a stick, biggest to smallest, and we worked on ordinal numbers.

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He matched colored chameleons to color word cards

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and put the What Did The Chameleon See At The Zoo cards in order as we read The Mixed-Up Chameleon.

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He needed some help with the Chameleon Puzzle.  But enjoyed putting the last pieces together.

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Our Bible verse this week was Psalm 139:14.  We used The Power of Encouragement CD from Seeds Family Worship to help memorize this verse.   I love these CDs!         


Aiden practiced counting 0 to 10 by feeding The Hungry Chameleon flies.  We didn’t use the flies from the printout ~ we used flies made out of felt (which we caught during our science lesson).












We talked about how chameleons use their sticky tongues to catch flies.  To demonstrate this I added Velcro to the end of a party blower so Aiden could catch and “eat” flies made out of felt.


We used a chameleon made out of transparency paper to show how a chameleon uses camouflage.

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We used the following printables:

Clipart for mixed-up chameleon craft

Hidden Letter C Picture

The Mixed-Up Chameleon Lapbook Cover

Chameleon Color Cards

Chameleon Puzzle

Chameleon Size Sort

What Did the Chameleon See at the Zoo?

Bible Verse ~ Wonderfully Made - Psalm 139:14

The Hungry Chameleon ~ Counting 0 – 10 

That was our chameleon filled week!  To check out more Preschool ideas and activities visit Preschool Corner!



phasejumper said...

Great activities! I especially like the last two (velcro and transparency)!

Ticia said...

awesome week. I love all of your ideas.

MaryAnne said...

Wow, so many great ideas! The letter C chameleon is my favorite =)

K-tribe said...

Cute!! Great Job on the printables!

Anonymous said...

ooo loved this weeks activities!!

Rebecca said...

Wow- these are awesome activities! Bookmarking this page!

Shelby said...

great ideas. love the transperancy!

Whiteboard Workshop said...

Great idea. Thanks for sharing. We have the book and will be sure to do it soon.

sbswtp said...

Great activities! I love the letter C cute!!! Awesome lapbook too :)

KJ said...

What a great week!!! I love Eric Carle! And thanks for the idea about mixing yogurts to make a popsicle!! (Why didn't I think of that??) By the way, I came from the Homeschool Creations link up! Have a great Mother's Day!

Tam said...

soo cute! i can't wait to use this with my son!

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

Wow! The transparency is such a great idea! And I love the chameleon as the letter C. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun and learned a lot too. :)

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

P.S. Newly following you. Can't wait to see your Preschool Corner ideas next week!

Ashley said...

I'm your newest subscriber! I love getting ideas for teaching my daughter through seeing what others have done. I look forward to future posts and digging deeper through your older posts!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Great ideas - I especially liked the science section. What a brilliant idea to catch flies with a party blower - I have to try it here too.

StrummerMommy said...

I absolutely LOVE your activities! I was just wondering how many activities you generally plan for one day? We haven't started preschool yet, and I'm trying to get an idea of what is a good amount for a single day.

Erin said...

Thanks Cindy! We used so much of your stuff today for preschool!!

Porschenana said...

You have tones of ideas! I like them. Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said...

hi i like yr ideas. may i know how to download the files? cos when i click the lick it direct me to and saying the file is no longer avail. thanks

Gayla Easley said...

Wonderful! And thank you for sharing. Unfortunately, the files seem to be no longer available through any of the links posted here. Are they available somewhere else, or can you email the files? Would love to use these with my PreK-1st grade students. Many thanks!

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