Long before I began working for Discovery, I taught Kindergarten students in Chicago. One of my favorite things to do with them was to read stories and use them as a springboard to start creating our own. So when I was invited to participate in “Take the DEN to Work Day” last week, I thought it would be a great chance to recreate that experience!
There were about 200 classrooms attending the event, and I started off by reading Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson. It’s not a long book, but it’s still one of my favorites. After reading it, we watched just a little bit of the animated version that you can find inside of Discovery Education. Then I started showing how we used to make our own versions by sketching ideas in purple crayon (or marker) and creating class books. I told the students watching that if they wanted to make their own Purple Crayon drawings and send them to me, I’d put them all into a Board for everyone to enjoy.
What I didn’t anticipate was just how many people would follow through on the idea! I received dozens of submissions and spent a good chunk of the afternoon saving them, uploading them, and putting them together into a Board. But the result is fantastic and I thought you might enjoy seeing it!
Click on the thumbnail below to check it out. Who knows? Perhaps it might inspire you to creating your own Purple Crayon book!