The Mixed-Up Chameleon

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Our story this week is The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle.

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We have lots of chameleon and animal activities to do in nursery.

Our play dough this week is Mixed-Up Chameleon dough.

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We made yellow play dough following our usual recipe (see post Our Favourite Recipes) and added a bit of conditioner to make it extra soft with a lovely smell!

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We added animal cutters along with feathers, buttons, googley eyes, straws and colourful matchsticks to create our own weird and wonderful animals.

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On the maths table we have been playing the game ‘Feed me Flies’ (from http://buggyandbuddy.com/mixed-chameleon-eric-carle/ )

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We stuck plastic chameleons to tubes of the same colour. Then we used black beads and pieces of art straws to create flies. The children roll the dice and use the pegs to count out that many flies. This builds children counting skills as well as their fine motor skills. We added number cards and number tracks to extend children’s learning and support number recognition.

We have also been doing lots of camouflage activities around the story. First we talked about what camouflage meant then tried to match the patterns to the animals to camouflage them.

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The children matched the animal to their fur pattern using animal print texture cards.

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In the water tray we filled the tub with different coloured sensory materials such as pebbles, corn, foam and glass beads. The children matched the animals to the background where it could be camouflaged.

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The children built on their maths skills recalling their previous learning about patterns and thinking about sorting and matching. Children learnt about camouflage, they thought about the similarities and differences between animals and learnt new animal names.

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In the outdoor area we went on a chameleon hunt. We cut chameleons out of coloured plastic and stuck them to objects of the same colour so they were camouflaged. The children then hunted for chameleons.

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