Blend like a chameleon

Chameleons have an amazing ability to blend into their environment by changing their color. This ability comes from special cells in their skin called chromatophores that are filled with different kinds of pigment. These cells work together to help the chameleon blend in with it’s environment so perfectly it is easily hidden!

You and your child can experience the effects of camouflage first hand with a simple experiment.

What you need:

3 large sheets of colored paper (2 of the same color and 1 very different color) marked off into a grid of 2 inch by 2 inch squares (Be sure to leave one of the duplicated color sheets intact.)

1 sheet of black and white patterned paper marked off into a grid of 2 inch by 2 inch squares.


A stop watch

A sheet of paper and a pencil to record results