As part of our storybook art unit in preschool / kinder art class we read "Harold and the Purple Crayon". This story is a great way to teach children that they can express their imagination through art.
After reading the book I gave the kids some shapes in purple and purple crayons and asked them to take us on an adventure in purple too!
When these were completed we had a ton of fun going around the room and listening to everyone's wild stories! I love it when pre-reader/writers learn that they can "write" a story in art.
Next we broke up into groups and worked on a collaborative story in purple crayon on a long sheet of paper. This was a really fun experiment. It was interesting to see how kids at this age (3yrs-6yrs) decided who would work on what and how the story would flow. One group tried to come up with a cohesive story and then draw (although at this age imaginations ruled the day and the story changed during the process). The other group diplomatically divided the paper into sections and gave each member a section to work on.... no further discussion. I LOVE how the stories evolved as each member told his/her part. One started at a boy's house and ended with dragons making friends with flying squirrels!!