A Color of His Own & The Mixed Up Chameleon: Lesson Plan Ideas & Free Printables

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Kohl’s is a fabulous place to get large hardcover books & a matching plush animal for just $5.00 each! Plus a portion of the sales goes to a good cause. Their latest Kohl’s Cares campaign includes some books & plush from Leo Lionni. I already had a small board book version of “A Color of His Own” but couldn’t resist getting this nice large hardcover version & the adorable plush chameleon at my local Kohl’s. Also available online:

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2284589/kohls-cares-a-color-of-his-own-book.jsp?color=Multi/None

http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-2284745/kohls-cares-chameleon-plush.jsp?pfm=rrrecs-pdp-gtab1

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The book has the following opportunities for kids yoga: bird, fish, elephant, pig, chameleon (plank), heather (flower), tiger, leaf, grass, mushroom (child’s pose). The book is also great for vocabulary & colors and has a fabulous message of friendship.

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The cool thing is that I can use the same plush with “The Mixed Up Chameleon” by Eric Carle (another great Kohl’s Cares purchase back in 2011). It has the following opportunities for kids yoga: chameleon (plank), tree, flower, sun stretch & breath, polar bear, flamingo, fox, fish, deer, giraffe, turtle, elephant, seal, rainbow. Love the message about being yourself.

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I use plush animals as both a story prop & as a kids yoga prop for breathing (placed on their belly) (see this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSShnzaz-8A)

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Here is a printable that I made back in 2011 and just updated: 

Mixed Up Chameleon and A Color of His Own – Be Myself – free printable from OMazing Kids

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Mixed Up Chameleon and A Color of His Own - Be Myself - free printable from OMazing Kids

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Detailed chameleon coloring:

http://www.coloring-pages-adults.com/animals/nggallery/page/4/?image=animals__coloring-adult-cameleon-patterns__1

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There are also some great free printable story props for both of these books out on the Kizclub.com website: http://www.kizclub.com/stories.htm. The key is to download the PDFs you want to your computer since that website frequently disappears for several months (guessing while it is being updated). I always get the color & black-white versions of the printables.

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Here are two ideas for guided relaxation to go with this theme:

Good to be me guided relaxation

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Color Breathing guided relaxation

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I love this idea for making a clear chameleon that you can then place on a variety of surfaces: http://thatbaldchick.com/a-color-of-his-own-unit-study/

Chameleon idea

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Pinterest is full of tons of cute craft ideas for both books 🙂

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP
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Angela Moorad is the founder of OMazing Kids, LLC and is an ASHA certified & licensed pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and Kids Yoga Teacher with over 25 years experience working in a variety of settings (early intervention, schools, teletherapy & a nonprofit pediatric rehab hospital for children with developmental disabilities). She is a kids book reviewer with a focus on great picture books, a kids toy / product reviewer with a focus on those that are helpful for kids with special needs & an app beta tester for educational and therapeutic app developers. She loves sharing info about great things to use with kids of all abilities.

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