COLOR ME CHIMPANZEE
A Learn-While-Coloring Activity
Hi! I’m Melinda. I study facial expressions of animals and people. I use my knowledge to help artists make characters in movies and games look better!
Chimpanzees, like humans, use facial expressions to communicate and show their feelings.
Sometimes chimpanzee facial expressions can look similar to human facial expressions. Sometimes they mean something similar. Sometimes they don’t.
- Compare chimpanzee facial expressions
- Understand how different facial expressions convey different emotions
- Connect to how human facial expressions are similar to or different from chimpanzee expressions
- Learn that chimpanzees have emotions that relate to human emotions
- Express creativity through color
- Practice fine motor skills, coordination, and concentration
Here are three different chimpanzee facial expressions that use the same facial muscles as we use. Learn what they mean and how to tell them apart!
You can click on each to view them larger.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN
In real life, adult chimpanzees have dark-colored faces and young chimpanzees have light pink faces.
Use your imagination to color them however you want! In the examples above, I used some of my favorite colors.
Print to color or use a paint app online, like MS Paint or a similar
COLOR THE EXPRESSIVE FACES OF OUR CHIMPANZEE COUSINS!
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