I remember my Kindergarten teacher reading Harold and the Purple Crayon to our class. There was something absolutely magical about the story.
Harold has the power to design his own world by simply drawing what he needs when he needs it. He assesses along the way and makes any necessary adjustments.
I believe my Kinder kids find the story to be magical, too. Kinder kids are typically very wiggly and are learning to be listeners during story time. But, with Harold and the Purple Crayon, I find that they are very still while I read. Also interesting, they don’t interrupt or ask questions along the way.
After the story is over, I ask questions to check comprehension, sequence retention and thoughts about Harold’s adventure.
Then the kids get to make “crayon squiggles.” This gives me an opportunity to see who doesn’t like getting their hands a little messy and we’re getting a little fine motor muscle building in.
- Purple yarn (cut into 12” pieces) – 1 per student
- Small paper plate with glue on it
- Waxed paper square (12” x 12”) for each student – label each with a student’s name
- Dip the entire piece of yarn into the glue.
- Hold the top of the yarn with index finger and thumb of one hand.
- Using the index finger and thumb of the other hand and starting at the top of the string, run finger and thumb down the yarn so the excess glue drips onto the plate.
- Arrange the glue-covered yarn on the waxed paper to create a squiggle.
- Let dry.
I decorate one of our hallway bulletin boards with a color copy of the book cover and display the kids purple yarn squiggles around it.
I’m always amazed at how many of my Kinder kids’ parents comment about their fond memories of Harold and the Purple Crayon.
Connecting generations through literature. Now that’s magical.