Drawing and story telling with a purple crayon

While I read the classic tale of  “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson to my students, I invited them to draw and tell me their own purple crayon story…

Drawing with Harold and a purple crayon by Teach Preschool

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I have several versions of “Harold and the Purple Crayon” and I went ahead and shared two of my versions with the children. While I read our first version of the book, the children were given a crayon and a clipboard to draw their own stories…

Story telling and drawings with a purple crayon

Some of the children drew while I was telling the story while others waited until the story was finished before they began to draw. It was interesting observing what the children preferred to do…

Story telling and drawings with a purple crayon

As the children completed their drawings with a purple crayon, I invited those who would like to share their drawings or tell a story about their drawings with us to come up and share…

Story telling and drawings with a purple crayon

Although many of our drawings often looked like long lines going off in different directions, each line still found its way to tell us a story…

Story telling and drawings with a purple crayon

As part of our center time, the children were invited to complete a drawing that I had started on the wall while reading our second version of “Harold and the Purple Crayon.”…

Story telling and drawings with a purple crayon

I pretty much drew the same simple lines Harold had followed in the book only I purposely left out some of the lines so the children could either choose to add them or add their own ideas to our purple drawings on the wall…

Story telling and drawings with a purple crayon

Throughout the morning, the children could stop by anytime they wished and add to our purple drawing but I didn’t get a photo of the drawing in action today but here is a look at the drawing behind the boys playing…

Story telling and drawings with a purple crayon

And a little look at the drawing with the books laying nearby…

Story telling and drawings with a purple crayon

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By |2017-07-18T12:45:58+00:00September 9th, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Cathy September 9, 2013 at 7:23 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this great idea. BTW, can you tell me about the wood tracks and buildings the boys are using in the last photo?

  2. JDaniel4's Mom September 9, 2013 at 10:04 am - Reply

    What wonderful drawings! This is a favorite book of mine.

  3. Sarah September 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    So well done! What a wonderful learning opportunity

  4. Heidi Butkus September 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    I love this! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Rose necor July 24, 2018 at 12:25 am - Reply

    I just found your website this evening and it is wonderful! I have always worked in a Montessori environment and this is my first time to work as Lead Teacher in a Play Based Christian school in the Toddler Classroom. And your website is very very helpful. Thank you for sharing this! Btw, where did you find/get that tracks and wooden buildings the boys are playing with in the picture above? Thank you, thank you.

    • Deborah Stewart July 24, 2018 at 10:02 pm - Reply

      The wooden tracks and houses came from GuideCraft!

  6. Jennifer Case July 30, 2018 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    Oh I did this too! We took their individual drawings and made a classroom story using what they told us about their pictures. It came out GREAT and was a parent favorite! I intend to do something similar with If You Give a Pig a Pancake. Thanks for sharing!

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