Expressing Emotions with ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’

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Preschool / Pre-Primary / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten Lesson Plan – Learning The Day the Crayons Quit Book, Maria Montessori philosophy


Title:ย “Expressing Emotions with ‘The Day the Crayons Quit'”

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

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

Educational Approach:ย Montessori Method

Learning Outcomes (Based on ELOF):

  1. Language and Literacy Development:ย Children will enhance listening comprehension and vocabulary by discussing the story and expressing their thoughts.
  2. Social and Emotional Development:ย Children will explore various emotions and learn to express feelings respectfully and constructively.
  3. Cognitive Development:ย Children will engage in problem-solving activities related to the story’s events.

Resources Needed:

  • “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt
  • Variety of crayons
  • Art paper
  • Role-play props (crayon costumes, etc.)

Lesson Plan:

1. Story Reading (20 minutes):

Start the lesson by reading “The Day the Crayons Quit”. Use expressive language and voices to illustrate the emotions of the different crayons.

2. Story Discussion (15 minutes):

Engage children in a discussion about the story. Ask them about the feelings of the crayons and why they quit. This encourages children to understand and articulate different emotions.

3. Art Activity – Drawing with Emotions (30 minutes):

Provide each child with a selection of crayons and paper. Ask them to draw a picture using a crayon that they feel represents an emotion. For instance, they may choose a blue crayon if they are feeling calm, or a red crayon if they are feeling excited.

4. Role Play Activity – A Day as a Crayon (20 minutes):

In this activity, children will role-play as their chosen crayon. They can share why they’re feeling that way, what they like/dislike about being used in drawings, and how they could be used differently. This activity encourages empathetic thinking and imaginative play.

5. Reflective Discussion (15 minutes):

End the lesson with a discussion about the importance of expressing emotions and considering the feelings of others. Ask children how they might better express their emotions and respect the feelings of their friends.


Assess children’s comprehension of the story and their ability to express and discuss emotions through their participation in discussions, art creation, and role-play activities.

Alignment with Montessori Method:

The lesson aligns with the Montessori approach as it respects individual emotions, promotes expressive arts, encourages cooperative play, and develops problem-solving skills.

Link to ELOF:

This lesson aligns with ELOF domains of Language and Literacy Development (story discussion, role play), Social and Emotional Development (exploration and discussion of emotions), and Cognitive Development (problem-solving in role-play activity).







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