Kindergarten Lessons

Harold and the Purple Crayon!

The students will listen to the stories of Harold and the purple crayon. The students will all draw their own purple creation using their purple crayons, and display them in the hallways! The Harold DVD's will be watched after they are all done!

Purple Crayon Lesson. (3 classes)

The Purpose of this lesson is for students to relate literacy to art.

(day 1) The students will:

  • listen to the story “Harold and The Purple Crayon”. The teacher will talk about how this was her favorite book as a child, and that it was very fun for her to read over and over again. The students will listen and discuss everything they saw in the book.
  • get a piece of paper and draw with only purple crayons in order to be like Harold.
  • Draw one large drawing of something they remember that was purple in the book.
  • Receive a purple oil pastel to trace around their purple drawing.
  • Cut their purple drawings out.

  • Hang them on a mural and discuss as a group.

Materials: 9x12 white paper, many shades of purple crayons, scissors, purple oil pastels.Standards: S1: Skills and process, S6: Connection to literature, S5 :Class discussion/ evaluation

Teacher can choose to put them all on a large piece of paper with the Harold cut out, or hang them individually.

Day 2: The students can watch the Purple Crayon Series DVD (30 Minutes). They can get a piece of free draw and draw more purple drawings they saw in the video.

Make sure to end the lesson with Harold's ABC's (can be read while they are working, or at the next art class) to go directly into the Turn Around Upside Down Unit.

Harold video:

ROY G BV Project:

Turn Around Upside Down Letters. (2 classes)

The purpose of this lesson is for students to think about their first letter of their name in an artistic way.

The Artist will:

  • (Day 1): Listen to the Story, Turn Around, Upside Down Alphabet Book.
  • Discuss who's name starts with what letter of the alphabet as they go along.
  • Discuss things that start with the letters (Similar to the Harold's ABC Book read at the end of the Purple Crayon Unit, you can show some pictures to remind them of the book).
  • Talk about how students can turn around their letter to figure out what it looks like, or make a person or object out of it.

  • : Trace their first letter (stencils) of their name onto a 4X6 piece of paper, and cut out.
  • Glue it onto a 9x12 colored paper (whatever color is available)
  • Create something from their letter. Remind them that it can have the same first letter, an object that is shaped similarly, or create a person!
  • Decorate their paper with more designs and things that start with that letter.
  • Take their picture home if they are done, or they can put it in their folder and finish it next time.

Day 2: They can watch the ABC Sales video to go along with the alphabet, and they can color one of their alphabet color sheets while they watch, or finish their picture they made last time.

Materials: 4x6 white paper, 9x12 light colored paper (light blue, light yellow, etc), scissors, glue sticks, crayons.

Standards: S1: Skills and process, S2: Using lines and symbolism, S6: Connection to literature

Corduroy Bear: Shape Unit

The Purpose of this lesson is for students to create a Bear using simple shapes and understanding proportions.

The Artist will:

  • Listen to the book, Corduroy, By Don Freeman.
  • Discuss illustrations and ideas in this book.
  • Listen and look at simple shapes that they can use to create a bear. Repeat shapes and what they are used for in the project (large oval for the body, 2 circles for the eyes, etc)
  • Understand that each piece will help them create the right size part for their bear (proportion)
  • Pick up one of each shape of paper laying on the Teacher's desk (assembly line style)
  • Hold up piece by piece to ensure the step-by-step shapes are correct.
  • Cut out shapes and glue them together to create their bear.
  • Glue overalls, decorate, and receive 2 buttons for the straps.

Materials: 18 x 24 brown piece of paper (cut into 1/2 size for belly, 2 small squares for ears, 4 skinny rectangles for legs and arms, bigger square for head), 2x3 tan paper for nose, 2x4 black paper for eyes and nose, 4x6 green paper for overalls (have them draw a square at the top, and triangle at the bottom and cut those out), scissors, markers, glue.

Standards: S1: Skills and process, S6: Connection to literature

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Unit

Caterpillar Tissue Collage (1-2 classes)

The purpose of this project is for students to create a collage using their knowledge of shapes and creatures.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Video

The Artist will:

  • Listen to the story, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, by Eric Carle.
  • Discuss the book and the shapes that they see in the caterpillar.
  • Watch a demonstration on how to cut tissue paper to make the shapes.
  • Understand that the tissue paper is delicate, and it tears easily!
  • Create their own tissue paper collage that incorporates a caterpillar and other creative shapes.

Materials: 9x12 black paper, 2x3 and 4x6 primary and green colors of tissue paper, scissors, glue sticks.

Caterpillar Masks (Good for about 2 weeks before Halloween) (3 classes)

The purpose of this lesson is to continue the understanding of making a caterpillar from everyday materials and shapes.

Objectives: The artist will:

  • Talk about what types of caterpillars they have made so far.
  • Revisit, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle.
  • Talk about what shapes we have used to make a caterpillar
  • Talk about what event is coming up.
  • Talk about symmetry and colors.
  • Talk about what a mask is, and why you can use it for Halloween
  • Build a caterpillar mask using everyday materials

Materials: 3 Paper plates per student, green, yellow, and red paint, paint brushes, stapler, black, red, and blue construction paper.

Cross Curriculum: Science, Literature, Math

Standards: S1 (skills and process), S3 (symbolism), S6 (connection to other disciplines)

Rainbow Fish: Kindergarten

The purpose of this lesson is to connect aquatic animals, friendship, and creativity.

The artist will:

  • Listen to the story, Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister
  • Discuss what this story means.
  • Look at many pictures of fish, and talk about their features.
  • Color a fish picture using markers: Carefully with details, no scribbling!
  • Trace a fish on bright blue paper, and cut out.
  • Cut out colored pieces of paper and shiny paper for scales.
  • Put a hole in their fish and tie a string onto it.
  • Name their fish.

Materials: Construction paper, scissors, glue, other shiny paper

Cross Curriculum: Science, Reading.

Art Standards: S1, S2, S6

Rainbow Unit

The Purpose of this project is for students to recognize the colors and understand what a rainbow is.

The Students will:

  • (Day 1): Listen to the story, “A Rainbow of my Very Own”.
  • talk about what a rainbow is, and what colors are in a rainbow.
  • use their skills to recognize the first letter of each color to help them color their rainbow in the correct order (rainbow paper).
  • color neatly and fill in their pictures.
  • The students will then watch a few minutes of Blues Clues “Colors Everywhere” for the final part of class.
  • (day 2): The students will use crayons to draw their own picture of a large rainbow (12x18) using their sheet to help them create it in the right order.
  • Understand the shape paper they received is a person in a raincoat and umbrella, and color them creatively.
  • Put everything in their folder, and watch more of Blues Clues.
  • (Day 3): Cut out their shapes and glue them in the right order to create their person.
  • Draw their face in the picture using oil pastels.
  • Dot blue paint to appear as raindrops on their picture.

Materials: Rainbow papers (copies), raincoat picture pieces (copies), 12x18 white paper, crayons, oil pastels, glue, scissors, blue paint.Standards: S1: Skills and process, S2: Symbolism and color, S6: Connection to literature and science


Students will:

  • Listen to the story, "Owly", by Mike Thaler, and discuss as a class.
  • Watch a step by step process of making the owl
  • Draw wavy lines representing feathers.
  • Fold wings and head and glue, holding down for a few minutes.
  • Color owls wings.
  • Create a triangle beak, glue.
  • Fold paper and draw a circle, cut out (will create 2 circles), glue.
  • Fold brown paper, draw jagged lines with a flat top (will create 2), cut out, glue.
  • Draw eyeballs.

Color Unit!

The purpose of this series is for kindergarten students to be able to recognize and relate colors to their names. ( Timeline for series is 6-8 art periods, about 4 weeks)

Objectives: The artist will:

  • Recognize colors and names by seeing and repeating words and shades in their artwork.
  • Recognize subjects in life that are these colors.
  • Discuss shapes and objects that are these colors.
  • Create 6 individual projects that relate to the primary and secondary colors.

The students will start by seeing the word of the color on a piece of construction paper that is the same color. The students will discuss subjects that are these colors, and look through a book and point out subjects that relate to the color discussed. These words will be added to the Art Word Wall. This series will have many different materials to experiment with including crayon, paint, collage, fabric, etc.

Cross curriculum: Reading, writing, spelling

Art Standards: S1, S2, S3, S6

Primary Colors by OK GO

Primary colors:

Red: 4x6 white paper, 9 x12 red construction paper, different shades of red crayons, glue. Place small paper in the middle of red paper. Draw all things you can think of that are red. Fill the white paper. Write the word red on the frame at least 4 times (or more) to practice spelling. This will help with word and color recognition.

red video,


red song

Blue: 4 by 6 white paper, 9 by 12 light blue construction paper, different shades of blue crayons, 4 different shades of blue markers. Repeat same as red.


Blue song

Yellow: 9 by 12 black paper, 4 by 6 yellow construction paper, 4 by 6 yellow tissue paper, 8 inch yellow yarn, small square of yellow fabric, 4 yellow twistables per table, glue, scissors. Discuss collage techniques and how to glue materials (just a dot, not a lot). Show example. Have students cut out objects that are yellow, including shapes, and glue onto paper to make a yellow collage. Have students draw subjects that are yellow, and write the word yellow at least 2 (or more) times for practice.


Yellow song

Secondary colors:

Green: 14 by 16 white paper, green crayons, 2 shades of green paint, straws. Have students write their names and the word green on their papers. Have them start drawing everything they can think of that is green, leaving the middle blank. The students that are sitting quietly will get a squirt of paint and a straw. They can use the straw as a brush, or blow the paint around their paper to make their work of art. Finally they will fold their art together to give them a symmetrical picture!


green song

Orange: Paper plate, different shades of orange crayons, scissors, orange yarn. Have students color their plate as darkly as they can with all different colors of orange. Then the students will cut out a swirl shape from the plate to create a kinetic mobile. The students will write the word orange on their plates.


orange song

Purple: purple crayons, 4 sponges for each table, different shapes, 2 shades of purple, 14 by 16 white paper. Have students write their names and the word purple on their paper. Have students use the sponges to make a pattern with their different shapes and colors of purple.


Purple song

Neutral Colors:

The students will

  • discuss what are the neutral colors (black, white, and grey)
  • discuss a "hot dog" Vs. a "hamburger" fold.
  • Watch how to draw on a shape by the fold, and cut out to create "symmetry"
  • Fold 4 pieces of black paper, draw their shape, and cut out.
  • Watch how the teacher uses a pattern to make the shapes alternate (outside shape, inside, outside) on a white piece of paper.
  • create a black and white positive negative picture using symmetrical folding techniques and patterns.

Materials: 4 3x5 pieces of black paper, scissors, 12 x18 white paper


Black song


White Song

Mixed Media Sunset

The student will:

  • Listen to a book about sunsets
  • create a large sun using oil pastels and warm colors
  • Create water using tempera paint in cool colors .
  • Create a boat using simple shapes with their black paper.

Fritters Critters

The student will:

  • Listen to the book Fritters Critters Rhyming book.
  • Create a collage using the idea of textures and shapes.

Dr. Seuss: Creative Unit

The students will create:

  • A Dr. Seuss face using basic shapes
  • A Wocket in their pocket using Origami
  • A One Fish Two Fish Mobile