Storytime with Temeka: Harold and the Purple Crayon

Temeka reads Harold and Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Questions to Discuss

  • Why do you think Harold uses only a purple crayon?

  • Would the story be different if a variety of colours were used?

  • Do you think that the story is real, or part of a dream? 


Exercise 1
Using one colour and a piece of A4 paper folded in half, draw a two part adventure. It can be as simple as the drawings that Harold drew, or can become more complex – imagination is your only limitation!

Exercise 2
Brainstorm what ‘home’ means – write responses on a large piece of paper. Delve a little deeper by asking questions about senses as well – e.g. How does home smell? How does home feel? What can they see? What colours are there?

Exercise 3
Using the words and feelings from the previous activity, ask the students to draw what home means to them in a variety of colours.

Further Learning

Theatre makers draw on inspiration from various parts of society, sometimes a piece of music, a story of a book. Inspiration for ZOOOM comes from the iconic children’s book, Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.
Watch the trailer for ZOOOM.

  • What does it mean when something is inspired by something else?

  • Can you see how ZOOOM is like Harold and the Purple Crayon in some ways?

  • In what ways is it similar? In what ways is it different?

More activities to try

Flying Mirror Bird Draw a bird and send it on an adventure around your home.
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ZOOOM Character Activities Colour in ZOOOM alien characters, design your own alien and make your alien move!
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A Piece of Dark Meet the keeper of the dark in this introduction to the ZOOOM foyer activity.
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