Color units are always fun to dive into with toddlers and preschoolers because there are so many crafts and activities to do that go along with it. Today we are diving into an A Color of His Own Shrinky Dink Craft. Remember those fantastic shrinky dinks from your childhood? Ya, your child is gonna love them too!
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni is a fantastic story choice to use in a book based learning unit. Not only is it a great color immersed tale but it opens the door to discussions about the science of chameleons and also about being yourself and finding someone who you have things in common with.
A Color of His Own Shrinky Dink Craft
For this project you will need:
- a sharpie fine point marker
- shrink film
- various colors of craft paint
Draw a simple chameleon on your shrink film using a fine tip sharpie, if you don’t want to freehand you can just trace the one from the cover of the book. I practiced a couple times on a blank sheet of printer paper until I was reasonably happy with my chameleon shape. My shrink film is white, but you can also get it in clear or frosted.
Set out bright colored paints and brushes. Let your child color their chameleon any color or pattern they like.
Allow the paint to dry completely.
Cut out the chameleon.
Preheat your oven to 300℉ and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper to make your clean up easier.
Place your shrink film chameleon on the pan and bake for a few minutes. While baking it will curl up and you may be tempted to pull it out of the oven, don’t. I did press down a few corners that began to curl in on itself with a fork. Allow it to bake until it begins to shrivel up. It usually takes about 5 to 8 minutes, be sure to watch it closely.
Remove from oven and cool it completely.
Now your child has a fun colorful little chameleon friend to remind them to be colorful and be true to their self with good friends!
Give learning a burst of color with these bright themed activities!