Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson is a beautiful book about a little boy that children love! Here’s a collection of Harold and the Purple Crayon Activities and Crafts to go along with the story.
In the book Harold finds a a purple crayon and uses a little imagination to create some fun. What can you create with a purple crayon?
Practice line tracing and shape tracing with this Harold and the Purple Crayon Prewriting Pack from Totschooling.
Make purple play dough using purple crayons with the directions from the OT Toolbox. Isn’t that such a cool idea to make play dough out of crayons?
In the book, Harold draws his own adventure. I love this idea from The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood to make your child’s own purple crayon art page or even a book inspired by Harold and the Purple Crayon. This could also be a neat class book to put together. Your students would love to read it and see everyone’s designs created with a purple crayon.
What about using a painting bag and q tip like they did at Sensible Suggestions to recreate the story of Harold and the Purple Crayon? Making lines and curves in the paint with a q-tip or even with your fingers is great for fine motor skill development.
This DIY Harold and the Purple Crayon puzzle is an awesome idea! It’s a free printable at Royal Baloo.
This is a cool retelling tube of Harold and the Purple Crayon from Librarian vs. Storytime. Your child can use it to retell each part of the story.
An invitation to make a cool collage with the color purple is a fun idea. Gather all of the different purple materials that you can such as pom poms, paper, pipe cleaners, sequins, buttons, and craft sticks. Then, use the different purple items to get creative. This is a great idea form This and That!
I’m in love with this purple yarn art inspired by Harold and the Purple Crayon found at Buggy and Buddy. Using glue and yarn you can create some interesting designs and then they can be hung at home or in your classroom.
Get a piece of sandpaper and purple string to experiment with just like they did at I can do that! So can you! The yarn actually sticks to the sandpaper so it is fun to create and experiment with.
This Harold and the Purple Crayon lacing idea is awesome from I can do that! So can you! Notice how she isn’t lacing around the shape in this picture. That is perfect. There is not one right way to work with a lacing card and really it is about the experience and fine motor skills that are developing while doing this activity.
What a cool purple drawing collage using yarn and glue on a large piece of paper from Delightful Learning. This can be a collaborative piece or each child can have their own huge banner.
Check out this cool video about how crayons are made. It is such an interesting process and intriguing to watch.
- Experiment with making shades of purple using paint.
- Use a hair dryer to melt purple crayons on a canvas and create an art piece.
- Decorate cupcakes or cookies with purple frosting.
- Make purple sensory bins like they did at Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes
- Challenge your child to make up their own story about Harold (or themselves) and a purple crayon. Write the story down for them as they tell it. Read it back to them and then encourage your child to draw a picture to go with the story.
We hope you and your little ones will love these Harold and the Purple Crayon Activities and Crafts! They will compliment any lesson plan of Harold and the Purple Crayon Books.
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