‘Harold and the Purple Crayon’ Unit
Book by Crockett Johnson

A cardboard box made into a spaceship…..
Blankets tossed over a table that turned into a castle…..
Making the most delicious cake out of mud ……
Imaginary friends and pretend play made up much of our early years. Through this, we learned to be creative and problem solve – just as Harold does in the story ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon’!

Problem solving and creativity often go hand-in-hand. Usually, to solve a problem, higher level thinking, analysis, and innovation are needed which is part of the creative process. Every day, children are thinking about the things in their lives and what to do with them or how to use them. As children solve problems, they gain knowledge and self-confidence in their ability to succeed.

There are a lot of fun, learning activities that can be developed based on this book. Through hands-on activities, children:
• Increase their usable vocabulary (helps them get ready to read!)
• Discover how to make the color purple
• Strengthen finger muscles and fine motor coordination through a cutting activity.

Harold has several other adventures too. Crockett Johnson wrote stories that children could easily relate to.