“One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.”
Oh, how I love this gentle story exploring the imagination of a little boy and his purple crayon. I love how he keeps his wits, goes on adventures, and helps deserving animals have pie feasts, all with the power of his purple crayon.
Activity: Draw simply with one crayon.
How could anyone read this book and NOT want to draw? Have your child choose his favorite crayon to draw what he would like to do should his crayon hold the same power Harold’s does. (It does by the way, it just might a little encouragement at first.)
Let your child’s imagination go wherever it wants to go, there is no right or wrong here. If your child is interested, see if you can put several drawings together to create your own story starring your child and his favorite crayon.
Some children might benefit from you, or a sibling, drawing a simple shape on a piece of paper that they can then expand on. This can be beneficial for those that are unsure of where to begin or those that might need a little nudge to think beyond robots and spaceships.
Have you seen my top ten list of fantasy books to encourage children to read yet? From that post, we will be delving into each book further with a fun activity in a fantasy book series. Learn just how crucial it is for children to be read to and be read books that spark the imagination. There are a lot of ideas to get you and your child started with fairies, gnomes, goblins, pirates, dragons, and even walks in the moonlight.