Chameleon

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QUESTION:  What cool male creature, looking for a girl, can change his colour from brown to purple and light blue, then turn his eyelids yellow with green spots? Sound inviting, girls?! :) How does he do it? And how is that related to different skin colours in humans? 

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Chameleon article for kids giving glory to God as designer; free printable

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ANSWER:  Chameleon. And melanin. That is also what gives us our skin colour. Someone who has brown skin simply has more melanin than someone who has pale coloured skin. It’s just like paint. This is a very important message for our children.

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CHAMELEON ~ BIBLE VERSE

Did you know there is even a Bible verse about Chameleons? It mentions lizards, geckos and chameleons (and warns us not to eat them).

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CHAMELEON ~ INFORMATION FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE (A4)

Chameleon – FREE article for kids  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) My free articles for kids are all about giving glory to God as Creator and putting God at the centre of our packages for our children. This one is about the super cool chameleon and has an important message for our kids about skin colour. Share this little engineering marvel with your child. Then scroll further down this post for the article text and some FREE chameleon (and other reptile) colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas to round out your package. Make it a party!

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Chameleon article for kids giving glory to God as designer; free printable

DOWNLOAD:  English | French

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LAMINATE TIPS
Laminate for best results and to keep it looking nice for your homeschool students. Print an extra copy for a friend. Add it to a binder with some FREE colouring pages, puzzles and crafts (scroll down) to make your own DIY Activity Book.

OTHER LANGUAGES
For those children who are not English speaking, articles can still be sent to them but you may like to include all relevant text in the letter to make sure it gets translated. If you would like to do this for your child, you are welcome to copy and paste any of my text which is included at the end of this post.

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CHAMELEON / LIZARDS / REPTILES ~ MORE INFORMATION FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Four reasons chameleons are amazing  (creationmuseum) short, sharp and straight to the point; a Biblical perspective from scientists who take the Bible seriously

A bug’s worse nightmare  (answersingenesis) great photos and information from a Biblical perspective from scientists who take the Bible seriously

Chameleons – fun facts  (creationmuseum) The chameleon exhibit at the Creation Museum shows the amazing design that God used when creating these unique reptiles. However, you may be interested in knowing a few additional things about our chameleons; great photos of a chameleon hatching and information from a Biblical perspective from scientists who take the Bible seriously

Chameleon lays eggs  (answersingenesis) One of the chameleons in the Creation Museum exhibit drew a small crowd as she dug a hole, into which she deposited nine eggs.

Chameleons  (richardgunther; scroll down to ‘020’) Want to see evidence for God? Look no further than the chameleon; a nicely illustrated one-page article; free printable

‘Jesus lizards’ run on water  (icr.org) across the surface of ponds in Central and South America; this lizard doesn’t crawl across water—it motors. How? Incredible talent like this could only have come from the Creator. Share a snippet with your child or print off the whole article; from scientists who take the Bible seriously

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CHAMELEON / LIZARDS / REPTILES ~ COLOURING PAGES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Chameleon – colouring  (Christiananswers) God gave the chameleon an amazing ability; it can hide itself by changing colors to match its surroundings. Scripture tells us that the Israelites were forbidden to eat certain kinds of animals, including the chameleon; information from scientists who take the Bible seriously

Chameleon – colouring  (Dover sample) in the forest; with fine detail

Chameleons / Lizards – colouring pages  (supercoloring) various to choose from; Iguana – colour by number; free printable

Chameleon – colouring  (mondedestitounis; scroll down) Lizard – colouring; cute cartoon style; free printable

Chameleon – colouring  (hellokids) various to choose from; free printable

Gecko – colouring  (colouringpages; scroll down) free printable

Komodo – colouring  (Dover sample)

Green Anole (lizard) – colouring  (colouringpages; scroll down) lizard native to the southeastern United States; free printable

Jazz up your colouring pages combine or shrink colouring pages, add a title, a border, a Bible verse and some clip art to make them more interesting with this tutorial.

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CHAMELEON / LIZARDS / REPTILES ~ PUZZLES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Lizard Design – crossword  (answersingenesis) 11 clues from a word bank; free printable

Chameleon – find the 10 differences  (supercoloring) in colour; Iguana – find the 10 differences; free printable

Iguana – hidden picture puzzle  (woojr) free printable

Reptile – word search  (wordsup) 22 animals to find; free printable

DIY puzzles  use the information from my free article to make up your questions and answers tailored to suit your child.

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CHAMELEON / LIZARDS / REPTILES ~ CRAFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Chameleon – 3D craft to make  (digitprop) colourful craft activity in the shape of the letter C; free printable

Chameleon – 3D craft to make  (digitprop) in black and white stripes; craft activity; free printable

Crocodile – clothes pin craft  (theinspirationedit) using clothes pegs, goggly eyes, green paint, and green pipe cleaners; for your homeschool students

Alligator – DIY puppet  (iheartcraftythings) using an envelope

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CHAMELEON / LIZARDS / REPTILES ~ LEARN TO DRAW FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Chameleon – learn to draw  (how-to-draw-cartoons-online) this one is pretty cute; he looks like he’s up to mischief

Lizards – learn to draw  (drawingtutorials101) various to choose from; more reptiles here

Chameleon – draw where he is hiding  (Dover sample)

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CHAMELEON / LIZARDS / REPTILES ~ PAPER GIFTS / STATIONERY FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE

Glue / Bumpy Toe Pads – poster  (answersingenesis) showing the creative ways that God’s different creatures hang on – bumpy toe pads (geckos), hooks, glue, ridges, clingy hairs, suckers and clamps; free printable

Crocodile – week planner  (frompond) rather cute; free printable

Cheeky chameleon – stationery  (sparklebox) with green border; portrait or landscape so as well as using it for your stationery, these pages could also be used to jazz up your colouring pages or puzzles; free printable

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MORE CREATIVE IDEAS

Jazz up your coloring pages and envelopes if you are including any special treats like stickers for your homeschool children. Don’t see any chameleon puzzles you like? Make your own! Found a cute chameleon photo or clip art that your child will love? Add a favourite Bible verse and make your own:

Bible Poster or Verse Card
Bible Bookmark ~ add your child’s name
Bible Note Cards
Bible Wallet Cards
Bible Stickers
Bible Board Game
Stationery

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ARTICLE TEXT

CHAMELEON – MASTERS OF CAMOUFLAGE

Well, what do you think of these weird looking guys?! Hmmm…! They look like fun! Chameleons are incredible creatures and distinctly different from other lizards! The chameleon has a horn or crest on its head, while other lizards do not. ‘Chameleon’ means ‘ground lion’ in Greek. I guess they do look a little ferocious! They can also move each large eye in a different direction at the same time. That’s pretty freaky! They are usually green, but can rapidly change colour for camouflage or “mood.” They also change colour due to heat, light, cold, stress and shock. One male goes to great lengths to get a girl—he starts out brown in colour and changes to purple and light blue; and his eyelids turn yellow with green spots! Cool!

How do they change colour?

The outer layer of a chameleon’s skin is transparent. It is made of keratin—just like our skin and fingernails. Beneath that, are two layers of red and yellow pigments stored in cells, then one layer reflecting blue and another reflecting white. Under all that is the most important layer for colour change—the dark brown pigment called melanin, which has ‘tentacles’ reaching into the upper layers. The colours change when the various cells expand or contract—how relaxed or tense they are—as to which colours reflect through. Melanin is also what gives us our skin colour. Someone who has brown skin simply has more melanin than someone who has pale coloured skin. It’s just like paint!

Other Chameleon Design Features

The chameleon can grip objects with both their hands and feet. They can also use their tail as a fifth limb. Those eyes were designed with a spectacular telephoto lens. They can focus really sharply on things far away or things as close as 3cm away. Much better than us. Try it! Bring your finger to about 3cm (about an inch) from your eyes. We can see the outline okay, although it is a bit blurry, but for the chameleon that finger would be crystal clear. They also have a very long and sticky tongue—which has special muscles and shoots out at lightning speed. It is up to 1½ times the length of their body, to help them catch insects easily. Just before their tongue hits, two muscles pull the middle of the chameleon’s tongue tip back, to form a suction cap. Imagine the fun we could have with one of those! Chameleons need both the suction cap AND the super fast tongue to catch their food. One is useless without the other. They had to be both there and working properly, right from the very beginning or they would have starved. The tongue is also like a clever sling shot, and far better than anything humans have ever invented. Engineers are always trying to copy God’s superior designs, but they are never as good!

Chameleons are superb examples of God’s exquisite craftsmanship and were specially designed by Him to live in trees. With their colour and shape, they can be easily mistaken for a leaf or a branch. They did not start out as something simple that gradually became more complex. The oldest Chameleon-KIND fossil that has been found looks exactly like a Chameleon. Could you change colour just by concentrating really hard? No! Neither did they! They did NOT have to TRY to blend in or work out how they could camouflage themselves—they could just do it! God gave them that special gift. Do you have a special gift that you seem to be able to just do? Like chameleons, God has given each of us a special gift, to be used for His honour and glory. We’ve all been designed by a Creator who knew exactly what He was doing. Chameleons were made on day 6—along with all the other animals that live on land—in the very first week of history when the world was made. Read all about it in your Bible in Genesis 1.

Isn’t God clever to think up so many astonishing and fabulous designs? God also created every kind of creature to reproduce after its own KIND. When a Chameleon has a baby, it is not a crocodile or a fish or a goat. We know that it will be a baby chameleon. God created so many wonderful things for us to care for and enjoy. Things that are beautiful…. intricate… mysterious… perfect. To teach us about Him. To show us how magnificent, wise and powerful He is. So that we will worship Him. Jesus! God the Creator!

EXTRA CHAMELEON FUN FACTS

  • CLASS: Reptilia (reptiles)
  • ORDER: Squamata (amphisbaenians, lizards, and snakes [scaly])
  • FAMILY: Chamaeleonidae (Old World chameleons)
  • GENUS/SPECIES: About 90 species—but only 2 genera—probably descended from only one or two created kinds, which now have many varieties.
  • Size: Most grow to 17—25cm (7”—10”). The longest can reach 60cm (2ft).
  • Original Diet: Plants; Present Diet: Insects
  • Habitat: Tropical and mountainous rainforests, savannas, and steppes of northern Africa, the Middle East, India, and Madagascar
  • Their body is almost entirely flat.
  • Just like clothes, their skin does not grow with them, so they shed it when they grow.

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creation.com

Information from creation.com ~ a fabulous site with lots of scientific information from a Biblical perspective. Got questions about God? This is the place you will find real answers. Like me, it is all about reinforcing the authority of Scripture and giving glory to God as designer. Remember, God says what He means and means what He says. We CAN and MUST take His Word seriously.

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THANK YOU / MERCI BEAUCOUP!

A very big thank you to L. Walther for very kindly providing the translation of this article for us, on behalf of all our French speaking children.

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…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

Tell them about Jesus!

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