The drawings are so simple, yet the story elicits such a large amount of imagination! We talked about what we would draw and how cool it would be to be able to draw in our life whatever it was that we needed.
Preschool Activities with "Harold and the Purple Crayon" written by: Read on to find preschool activities to go along with the book "Harold and the Purple Crayon", by Crockett Johnson. It was written and illustrated by Crockett Johnson in A little boy wanted to take a walk in the moonlight one evening, but first he needed to draw the moon and a path with his over-sized purple crayon.
Getting tired, the little boy was in search of his bedroom window and the purple crayon took him high and low to find it.
He eventually finds that drawing a window around the moon gets him to his destination - he evens draws his bed, crawls in and falls fast asleep. After reading the book reinforce the concepts with some of the following activities. These projects teach children about imagination and the color purple.
Invite the children to use their imaginations and share some make believe adventures of their own during circle time. Can you do anything with your imagination?
Distribute a sheet of paper and a purple crayon to each child. Have the children draw their own fantastic adventures. As they share their drawings and stories with the class, write a short synopsis of their adventure on their papers. Give the children purple crayons to draw pictures or designs on the strip.
Staple the strip closed to make a hat. Help them cut these out and staple the hand-shapes to the back of the hat for moose antlers. Cover all stapled areas with clear tape to avoid scratches and pulling of the hair. Purple Dragon Puppet Give each child a white paper plate not the foam kind and invite them to paint it purple with non-toxic tempera paint.
When dry, pass out or have the children cut out shapes from construction paper for the eyes, nose, and mouth. Together cut out large purple and small white triangles from construction paper. The purple triangles can be glued onto the top of the plate for spikes and the smaller white triangles can be glued at the mouth for teeth.
Tape the entire plate onto a craft stick as a handle for puppet manipulation. Create a Hot-Air Balloon Have the children cut out a square basket and balloon circle from purple construction paper using safety scissors. Give each child three pieces of yarn and help them to tape the one end to the square basket and the other end to the circle balloon.
Do this with all three pieces of yarn. The teacher can punch a hole at the top of the balloon and hang these in the classroom using an additional piece or yarn or a metal S-shape made from a paper clip. The children will enjoy watching these hot-air balloons float through the air.
On a paper plate, place a dollop of red paint and then a dollop of blue paint. Invite the children to mix the two colors with a paintbrush.
Two fun colors can make an additional color. This can be an introduction to color mixing. Brainstorm about all the purple things we see, eat, smell, and touch. Remember that you can do almost anything with just a little imagination!
Looking to extend the lesson? Why not try making your own recycled crayons in the classroom!The Purdue University Online Writing Lab serves writers from around the world and the Purdue University Writing Lab helps writers on Purdue's campus.
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