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Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Learning Activities

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Learning Activities

Learn and play with lovable Lilly in this classic must-read by best-selling author Kevin Henkes.

Book: Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Target Audience: Pre-K – 2nd grade


Lilly is lovable and delightfully realistic. As you flip through the pages, you see your own child in Lilly. She loves with abandon, is passionate, embraces her creativity and imagination, believes in a wide range of possibilities, AND knows when she needs to say she’s sorry. (Sorta sounds like the type of child we all hope to raise!)

This is the story of a very typical child on your average day at school. Seamlessly, Henkes uses the everyday to teach. Lilly’s purple plastic purse teaches children the values of imagination, patience, self-control, and how to apologize and forgive.

Learn and Play with Lilly

 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 hear about Lilly and formulate their own ideas about her experiences. Listen and enjoy.

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Writing Prompts

  • Have you ever had something that you couldn’t wait to show people/tell people about? Write or draw about it. What do you love about it?
  • Have you ever said or done something to someone else that was unkind? What did you do to make it right?
  • Who is your favorite teacher? What makes them your favorite? What do you like about them? What makes a good teacher?


Favorite Thing

  • Draw a picture of your favorite thing in the center of a blank white page. Make sure to add lots of detail and color to your drawing. Do your best work.
  • Around the picture, write words that describe your favorite thing. We call these words adjectives. Adjectives are describing words. They give the reader information about what something is like. Some examples are shiny, purple, sparkly, small, and squeaky.


Exploring Adjectives with a Printable Sensory Web

Thinking about adjectives can be difficult for young students and learners. Try a sensory web to explore your child’s favorite object. sensoryweb

I created a simple sensory web worksheet for you to print. This is a quick and easy writing activity to help activate your child’s word bank and encourage them to use good descriptive language.

In the book, Lilly loves her purple plastic purse. Have your child select an object she/he loves for this activity. Help him/her use their senses to describe their object. Allow them to use their imagination and accept the words they suggest.

*Kids never fail to delight me when I take them through a sensory web. Words like “smooshy”, “goopy”, “blingtastic” and other fantastic words will likely surface. This activity really helps develop your child’s unique writing “voice.”

Print the Learn With Books Sensory Web


Kindness Drawing

At the end of the story, Lilly makes things right with Mr. Slinger by creating a new drawing. She draws a picture of her beloved teacher and writes words of kindness on and around her drawing.

Have your child select someone special to them. It could be a friend, family member, teacher, etc. Ask them to draw a picture of the person. (They may do a self-portrait on the page as well if they like.) Ask your child to write at least 3 kind words or adjectives that describe the person.

Talk with your child about how their picture might make the person feel. How do kind words affect others? How do they feel when someone is kind to them? How do negative words make them feel?

Kindness drawing

Additional Ideas:

  • Talk about money with your child. Lilly had 3 shiny quarters in her purse. Talk about the coins in your purse. Discuss coin value, names of coins, how many of each coin you need to make a dollar, etc.


  • Lilly made a special snack for her teacher. Sharing food with someone you love is a way to show you care. Make a batch of muffins or a plate of cookies for someone special. Deliver the snack together, or leave it for someone as a surprise.


  • Lilly was interested in being many things when she grew up. Have your child make a list of things they might want to be. Encourage them to think of at least five choices.




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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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