You can start your lesson by reading Eric Carle’s “Mixed-Up Chameleon”, which gives the students freedom to decorate their reptile however they want.
1. Students draw the body in pencil, then add four legs underneath, and add an eye and tongue.
2. When the body was done, hand out either crayons or oil pastels. The pastels are a little messy, but they do make much brighter colors. The students trace the drawing in pastel, and then add some patterns on the inside of their chameleon.
3. Lastly, give each student liquid watercolors and show them how to gently dip and paint the inside of their chameleons. This can be a good intro to watercolor painting as young kids often think that their art will be covered up if they paint on top.