Creating a World with ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon’

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Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten Lesson Plan – Learning Harold and the Purple Crayon Book, Maria Montessori philosophy

Title: “Creating a World with ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon'”

Age Group: Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten (3-5 years old)

Learning Framework: Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) – USA

Educational Approach: Montessori Method

Learning Outcomes (Based on ELOF):

  1. Language and Literacy: Develop comprehension and vocabulary, enhance storytelling skills, and understand that symbols can represent objects.
  2. Cognition: Develop creative problem-solving skills and understand the concept of imagination.
  3. Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development: Refine fine motor skills through art activities.
  4. Social and Emotional Development: Learn to express emotions through creative mediums and understand self as a unique individual capable of creating.

Resources Needed:

  • The book “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson
  • Purple crayons
  • Large sheets of white paper
  • Montessori materials for Practical Life exercises (like pouring and spooning)

Lesson Plan:

1. Introduction and Story Reading (30 minutes):

Introduce the book “Harold and the Purple Crayon” and read it aloud. Encourage children to observe how Harold uses his crayon to create his own world.

2. Story Discussion (20 minutes):

Discuss the story, focusing on Harold’s creativity and resourcefulness. Ask open-ended questions to stimulate the children’s thoughts about how they can create with their own “purple crayons.”

3. Imagination Drawing Activity (40 minutes):

Provide each child with a large sheet of white paper and a purple crayon. Encourage them to draw their own world, just like Harold. They can draw whatever they like, fostering their imagination and creativity.

4. Montessori Practical Life Activities (30 minutes):

Incorporate activities like pouring and spooning exercises, which enhance fine motor skills and concentration. Relate these activities back to the story by discussing how Harold was also concentrating when creating his world.

5. Storytelling Activity (40 minutes):

Ask children to share their drawings and tell a story about them. This develops their narrative skills and their ability to connect art and language.

6. Reflection and Conclusion (20 minutes):

Discuss what they learned from the story and activities. Ask children how they felt while creating their world and if they learned anything new about themselves.


Evaluate the children’s comprehension of the story, their participation in discussions, their creativity in the drawing activity, and their ability to tell a story about their artwork.

Alignment with Montessori Method:

This lesson plan emphasizes self-directed activity, hands-on learning, and collaborative play. By allowing children to explore their creativity and use their imaginations, it supports their individual development and learning in line with the Montessori philosophy.

Link to ELOF:

This lesson addresses several domains of the ELOF, including language and literacy, cognition, perceptual, motor and physical development, and social and emotional development. It aims to provide a well-rounded learning experience that stimulates both intellectual and creative growth.






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