Harold and the Purple Crayon Pop-Up City

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Saturday’s workshop was the first in our series of Story and a Craft.  First we read Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson and we followed Harold and the adventures he goes on with his purple crayon.  And then we got out our purple crayons (well, actually they were pens :o) and created an adventure of our own.

To make a Pop Up City of your own you will need:

  • a purple pen, crayon or pencil
  • scissors
  • glue
  • 2 pieces of card stock (thick/heavy paper)
  • thick double sided tape (optional)

1.  1 sheet of paper and fold it in half, by bring the short sides together ( 8 1/2 x 11 becomes a 8 1/2 x 5 or an A4 21 x 29,7 becomes a 21 x 14,35).

2. Draw a city scape on the crease.  Make sure you draw many buildings with lots of windows and doors.

3. Fold paper in half again, with the city facing on the inside.  Cut two large slits along the edge about 3/4 of an inch long. Fold the flap this makes back and forth and then push towards the inside of the card.

4. Cut the other piece of paper in half so, 8 1/2 x 11 becomes a 8 1/2 x 5 or an A4 21 x 29,7 becomes a 21 x 14,35. Draw another city scape along the long side (make sure the buildings touch each other) and then cut out the buildings.

5. Draw a moon on the remaining piece of paper and cut out.

6. Glue the cut out city scape onto the flap of the card and glue your moon onto the card (we used thick double sided tape so that the moon would pop out).

7.  Congratulation, you have made a pop-up!

To learn more about pop-ups check out robert sabuda’s site, he does some truly amazing stuff and even has some cool pop-ups you can download and do, too.

Take a Trip With Your Imagination

Just a little bit of imagination can take you anywhere! Check out Paper City by Made By Joel. Vicky Knysh has  made life size toys to play with.  There are life sized cars to drive, trees to pick apples from, a maze to run around in, and even laundry to hang up…all made out of cardboard! Joel Henriques has created whole cities with buildings, people and cars that you can print cut out and play with.

We’ve taken inspiration from Harold and his purple crayon and Joel and Vicky and come up with some things you can print out and play with too. In some cases, we’ve left blank areas on some, so that you can fill in your own ideas. Try and make some places up on your own too.  Where will your imagination take you?

Fold between the dots and then cut along the line.

Harold is searching for his window. Draw some windows onto the buildings, maybe one will be his.

Can you finish drawing the boat?

Every town needs some people. We've drawn a couple for you. Can you draw a few more? How about some cars? Cut out and fold the rectangles to stand the people up.

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Harold and The Purple Crayon

To read this in Italian, click here.

A favorite book of all kids is Harold and the Purple Crayon. Harold is a little boy who goes on adventures using his purple crayon and imagination.

After reading this book, we love getting out our purple crayons and our imaginations and draw our own adventures. Where would you go? What would you see?