Flannel Friday: Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

3 Feb

While there are a lot of parts to make for this one, I think the kids will enjoy it! I think you know the story of Eric Carle’s Mixed-Up Chameleon, about the color-changing lizard who wishes to be like the other animals. He takes on characteristics of the other animals until he realizes he can’t catch flies with all the other animal parts, and wishes to be himself.

The patterns for this flannel come from Storytime Magic, which the lovely Anne at So Tomorrow told me about. It’s a wonderful resource!

Here’s chameleon in his original form:

And while the different animals parts are added one by one, I thought I would spare you  that many pictures in this post. Here’s chameleon with the addition of flamingo wings and legs, fish fins, and a fox tail:

(I think I painted the fox tail backwards and it’s supposed to fit over and cover the chameleon’s tail. Oops. Oh well.)

Here he is with the addition of a giraffe neck, turtle shell, and antlers:

And finally, with elephant head, “people” hat and umbrella, and seal flippers:

Not only does he look silly, but he realizes if he was like all these other animals he wouldn’t be able to catch flies, so he returns to this:

Much better to be yourself than to wish to be something else, don’t you think?

Check out the roundup later today at Andrea’s Roving Fiddlehead Kidlit. And click the “Flannel Friday” icon to the right if you want to see all past flannels -organized, categorized, and sanitized (okay maybe not that last one)- in a visual format on Pinterest. Enjoy!




8 Responses to “Flannel Friday: Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle”

  1. Sharon February 15, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    How did I miss this? Fun. I can just imagine the laughter roaring from your story time room!

  2. Recipe for Reading February 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    I bet the kids must have loved this! Your pieces look awesome!

  3. Bridget R. Wilson February 6, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    I just read this for preschool story time in January. It didn’t even occur to me that it would make a good flannel board story. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Anne (@sotomorrow) February 4, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    One of my favorite Carle books!

  5. Library Quine February 4, 2012 at 3:20 am #

    It’s an ace book, and great for talking about self-esteem. I enjoyed your candid comment about the fox tail (don’t think I’d have noticed otherwise).
    I make such major mistakes at times I wonder if perhaps we should start saving our flannel out-takes/bloopers for a special flannel event?

  6. K @ Storytime Fun February 3, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    What a lot of work but it is fantastic! I’m sure storytime friends will really enjoy the story with these colorful props. 🙂

    I am still waiting for a chance to look through Storytime Magic. I’ve heard tons of good things about it. Tried borrowing it from a local library ~ never made it to me and now they can’t find it. 😦 So… I ordered it! Lol


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