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Read "Harold and the Purple Crayon" and mixing colors

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  • Read the book "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson or Read/Listen here
  • Put a dab of red paint on a thumb
  • Put a dab of blue paint on the middle finger
  • Rub fingers together to get purple
  • Repeat with a child's other hand

*Fingerpaint or washable paint recommended


Encourage a child to take a red crayon and make any design with lines on the paper.  Let the child talk to you while drawing with the red crayon. Let them take a "walk" like Harold and describe what they are drawing. Now, on the same paper take a "walk" with a blue crayon and again tell you a story about what they are drawing.  Together, look and see if the red and blue crayons cross each other and make the color purple. If not, draw some lines where red and blue do intersect to show the color purple.


Use dabs of other paint on fingers to find new colors;

yellow and blue (green).  yellow and red (orange). 



Can you tell me about a time that you felt lost? 

Name some animals that are colorful.


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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Star
  • Color - Purple
  • Number - Review
  • Alphabet Letters - S, V
  • Senses - Touch
  • Character Trait - Respect
  • Target Words - Hot, Soft, Above, Below

Monthly Proverb

Scottish-He that is wise can make a friend of a foe

Did You Know?

"The foundations of social competence that are developed in the first five years are linked to emotional well-being and affect a child’s later ability to functionally adapt in school and to form successful relationships throughout life." National Scientific Council on the Developing Child

Books to Read

"The Monster At The End of This Book"
by Jon Stone (Activity 13)

"Harold and the Purple Crayon"
by Crockett Johnson (Activity 8)

by Suzy Lee (Activity 7)

"Wave" VIDEO
by Suzy Lee (Activity 7)

"Harold and the Purple Crayon". VIDEO
by Crockett Johnson (Activity 8)

"The Monster At The End of This Book". VIDEO
by Jon Stone (Activity 13)

Music Playlist

"A - You’re Adorable"
by Perry Como Album The Very Best of Perry Como (Pop)(Activity 4)

"Hello, My Name is Joe"
by Ellen and Peter Allard Album Sing It! Say It! Sway It! Vol. 2 (Children) (Activity 1)

"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"
by Ella Jenkins Album Early Early Childhood Songs (Children) (Activity 3)

"Hello, My Name is Joe" VIDEO
by Ellen and Peter Allard (Activity 1)

"A - You're Adorable" VIDEO
by Sesame Street (Activity 4)

"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" VIDEO
by Ella Jenkins (Activity 3)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Nursery Rhyme

(Activity 26 Month 7)

Star light, Star bright

Star light, Star bright

I wish I may, I wish I might

Have the wish I wish tonight