Book of the Week: Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

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“One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.” Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement. Full of funny twists and surprises, this joyful story shows just how far your imagination can take you.”

Harold and the Purple Crayon is so cool. It is a quiet story that never fails to delight with all my #sensiblekids! We always have fun guessing what will happen next and watching as Harold maneuvers through each challenge on his journey with his purple crayon.

Today’s craft is one that will save the day over and over again (Hint: It’s reusable!). Prepare it before reading the book so that kids can go right into creating their own adventures. It’s also mess-free, which makes it perfect for shorter sitting sessions where you don’t have a lot of set-up and clean-up time!

Project: Ziploc Painting

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The best part about this little project is that when you’re done, you can toss the paint bag in a drawer for next time! As long as it stays sealed, it will last through many more sitting sessions.

Materials:

  • 1-gallon Ziploc bag
  • Acrylic or craft paint (I like the idea of using blue+red to make purple–fun to mix and sticks with the theme!)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Large piece of white paper
  • Q-tips for writing–optional

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1. Put some dollops of paint into your Ziploc bag and seal with as little air left in the bag as possible (Preferably none). In the spirit of Harold, I like the idea of using red+blue paint and letting the kids mix it up in the bag as they paint. Teach them about color mixing as they watch the colors blend to create purple!

2. Lay your bag on top of the white paper on a flat surface.

3. Tape down all the edges. Painter’s tape won’t damage any wooden or painted surfaces.

4. Enjoy! Encourage your toddler to draw their own adventure using the q-tip or their fingers. You can also help them practice writing words from the book or their names!

 

Photo credit: http://lets-explore.net/blog/2009/10/paint-bag-writing/

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