rainbow colored chameleonA Color of His Own tells the story of a lonely chameleon who doesn't like to change colors all the time to blend in with his surroundings. He looks for a way to have his own color that doesn't change but then finds an even better solution.

Middle school students at St. Thomas the Apostle school created tactile enhancements for board books as part of their STEAM and service learning unit. They worked in teams to interpret the books and used craft materials, found materials at home, and 3D print designs on TinkerCAD to create tactile elements. 

These pages incorporate dioramas and 3D scenes, raised outline drawings, and experimentation with textures and paint while keeping the distinctive animal shapes and simple page layouts from the original book.

View the gallery of images showing how different teams created different interpretations and designer notes on two projects.





Crafted Pages: 

diorama of chameleons hiding in grass  Two chameleons with tactile outlines and textures  book pages with cardboard texture and braille showing pig and chameleon  chameleon decorated with gold ribbon texture  book page showing pig and a yellow and a green chameleon  tactile page with two chameleons decorated with sequins sitting on mushrooms

TinkerCAD Designs:

3D printed design of two chameleons standing in the grass   3D printed design of chameleon sitting on a leaf   3D printed design of book page with text and braille and picture of leaves and a branch