The Chameleon that found out he wanted to be himself!

 children draw self portraits and what they like. Then write what like as per their drawing.

Author: Liza

Grade Level or Target Age Range: Preschool to early elementary

Historical Art Examples and References: “The Mixed-Up Chameleon”  By Eric Carle

Vocabulary: circle, “u”

Materials: glue, scissors, construction paper, lined paper

Anticipatory Set: Discuss why its important to be yourself


  1. Read “The Mixed-Up Chameleon” By Eric Carle.
  2. Discuss why its important to be yourself.
  3. Make a book with 6 lined pages and construction paper on outside.
  4. Cut out faces and glue to outside page. Cut out rectangle and glue under face.
  5. Give booklet to each child.
  6. Draw circles for the eyes.
  7. Draw “u” for the nose.
  8. Draw a backwards “D” for the mouth.
  9. Put small circles in the eyes for the eyes.
  10. Put upside down “u” for the eye brows.
  11. Put squiggly lines for the hair.
  12. Decorate the shirt however you would like.
  13. Turn page over and draw what you like.
  14. Go around the classroom and write what the children are drawing in response to what they like.


  1. Why is it important to be yourself?
  2. When have you wanted to be like someone else?
  3. Have the children share some of what they like to do?

Instructional Reflection: 
This is a great activity that was one of their first steps from taking a drawing of theirs and putting words towards it.