Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Harold and the Purple Crayon

We just completed a short FIAR book study, Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.  We have loved this book for years, gifted to us by Maggie's Aunt Mary Lee, so it was fun to delve into it in a whole new way.  We did check out the copyright page and noted that it was first published in 1955.  (Next year, it will celebrate its 60th birthday!)  Maggie was excited to know that this book was first on the shelves the same year her grandfather was born ... "This book is as old as Grandpop!"  We will have to tell him.
I thought it'd be more fun to read with a purple snack, so I put together this -- blue corn tortilla chips in a purple bowl with a little grape juice in a purple cup.
 Ready to read!
 Once we read Harold and the Purple Crayon, we got to work coloring our story disk (purple, of course)!
Then we hung our story disk on our wall map!  (Since there is no true setting for this story, we chose a state that was colored purple -- Oklahoma!)
We decided to have a "Purple Pie Picnic Party," inspired by the picnic party I saw at http://www.delightfullearning.net/2011/09/harold-and-the-purple-crayon-fi%e2%99%a5ar.html.  (In the book, Harold has his own pie picnic.)
For our party, we hit the Dollar Tree for a purple tablecloth, purple plates, napkins, cups, and utensils, and purple balloons.  All in all, we spent less than $7. 
 We decided to make three pies for our Purple Pie Picnic Party, a chicken pot pie (which we had made when we rowed Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening), a blueberry pie, and a grape Jell-O pie.  Here, Maggie is starting to make our blueberry pie with her Daddy.
Looking good!
 Crimping the edges ...
 Just out of the oven!  That center is definitely purple!
While they worked on the blueberry pie, I made the grape Jell-O pie!
And, lastly, we made our chicken potpie!  Delicious!
Our three pies, laid out for our Purple Pie Picnic Party!
 Maggie's pie was the most purple ... and the most anticipated! 
We even grabbed up a bottle of grape soda for our picnic.  (We never have soda, so this was a real treat!)
 Our Purple Pie Picnic got a "Thumbs up!" from this little critic!
 Maggie's pie!
The next day, we watched this great clip from YouTube of part of an old episode of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, where they show how crayons are made.  (Be warned!  There are some pop-up comments from viewers on this video that were not the most favorable.  Be prepared to remove them quickly before they can be read by your child!)
Here is another one!
For a snack, I made the edible purple crayons as seen at http://www.delightfullearning.net/2011/09/harold-and-the-purple-crayon-fi%e2%99%a5ar.html, using pretzel rods, white chocolate chips, Wilton purple coloring (I purchased this in the cake decorating section at a craft store), and little purple crayon papers I made on the computer.  Once I melted the chocolate chips in the microwave, I added the purple coloring, mixed them well, and dipped the ends in, shaping them with my fingers.  I then laid them on waxed paper to harden.
 I made some crayon papers on my computer while the chocolate hardened.
 Once hard, I rolled the papers around the pretzels and adhered them with a small piece of tape.  They turned out cute!
 She was tickled!  (And they were good, too!)
Later, we talked about creativity and imagination and I challenged her to take her purple crayon and start in one corner of a large piece of white paper, drawing things as they came to her imagination.
 This was her finished product! 
For a fun art project, I used the idea found at http://www.kinderart.com/across/purplecrayon.shtml, using all things purple on black paper.  Here was the selection of purple bits I pulled together for her to pick from.
 Her masterpiece!  She made a house with purple wonders in the night sky -- a moon, purple clouds with distinctive shapes, and a purple rocket ship zooming by!
 Her purple rocket ship!
 And her house, on "Lizard Hill."
To throw in a little math, I found this great worksheet at http://www.education.com/worksheet/article/fraction-pie-second/, which required her to match the pictures of the pie slices to their matching fractions.
Once she matched the fractions, I had her circle the one that matched the amount of each pie that Harold ate in the story (1/3).
 Next, we talked about the moon, as the moon was drawn in very many pages of this book! 
We read The Moon by Lydia Carlin ...
 ... and paid close attention to the information given on the phases of the moon.  (I then talked to her about why the quarter moon is called a quarter moon, and compared that with the pieces of a pie, revisiting the fractions we had just discussed.)
We went back to her first drawing and noticed that she had put in a crescent moon, just like Harold!
 Finally, we completed a few of the worksheets about the moon out of our Evan-Moor Daily Science (Grade 1) workbook.
Another great row!  Next is Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Shasha!

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