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Harold and the Purple Crayon : Drawing an Adventure Story

Harold and the Purple Crayon : Drawing an Adventure Story

Be inspired to tell your stories and let your imagination be your guide with this classic must-read by Crockett Johnson.

Book: Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Target Audience: Pre-K – 2nd grade

With only a purple crayon, Harold goes on a magical adventure. This is a story about truly creating your own path and making the most of your imagination. This is a story that will inspire young minds to CREATE, draw, and imagine.


Read the Book

Anytime you are working with a picture book as a teaching tool, I recommend reading the story once for pure enjoyment. Allow your child to stop and appreciate the illustrations  – especially as this book includes additional text and subtle nuances within the pictures. Let your child soak in the ideas and visualize Harold’s adventure. Listen and enjoy.

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A Purple Adventure Story

Supplies Neeed:

  • butcher paper
  • a purple crayon

Unroll a LARGE piece of butcher paper. Arm your child with a purple crayon, and set their imagination free! You can choose to prompt them by saying, “If you were ready to go on an adventure, where would you go? How would you get there? What would you see? Draw your adventure story!” (Drawing is a BIG part of pre-writing – especially for developing writers! When your child draws, he/she is telling a story!) This activity will help your child capture their ideas.



After your child has completed their drawing, ask them to talk about it. Ask lots of questions. Tell your child he/she is a writer! They just wrote a story! Celebrate their story drawing and have them share it with another family member or friend if possible.

We want our children to gain confidence in the power of their ideas and creativity. Use this opportunity to build their confidence as storytellers, and to help them understand that they have something to say.

You may want to take dictation of your child’s story! Drawers are writers, and writers are readers! Let your child “read” their story to you. Have fun practicing the art of story-telling with your child. (They have the world’s BEST ideas! Let’s inspire them!!)


*You may also want to check out:

Harold’s Fairy Tale

Harold’s Circus

Harold’s Trip to the Sky


Bekki Lindner

Writer, speaker,ministry leader, pastor's wife,mom of 4,lover of imagination,children's literature fanatic, and champion of mothers everywhere. Writer for Scholastic. #DisneySMMoms Also blog at:

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