Celebrate the Color Purple Theme and Activities

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Many report purple is their favorite color. Here are some preschool activities and crafts to celebrate this royal hue.

Sing About Purple

P-u-r-p-l-e (Tune: I've Been Working on the Railroad)
Purple, purple,
Purple's what that spells.
Purple grapes on the vine,
Purple Kool-Aid's fine
Purple's what that spells.

We Love Purple(Tune: Frere Jacques)
We love purple, we love purple.
Yes, we do. Yes, we do.
Purple grapes and eggplant,
Purple plums and grape juice,
Just for me, just for you.

Red and Blue
Red and blue, red and blue,
Mix them and find something new.
Purple like a fresh ripe plum,
Purple like a poor sore thumb,
Red and blue, red and Blue,
Mix them and find something new.

Purple Art

Purple Milk Painting - Mix one cup condensed milk with a few drops of red and blue food coloring. Paint!

Purple Silly Putty - Add 4 T. of white Elmer's glue to 2 T. of liquid starch. Mix together, if it stays stringy, add a drop of glue. If too brittle, add more starch. Chill for at least 3 hours.

Purple Shaving Cream Fingerpaint - Give each child a Ziplock sandwich bag filled one-third full with shaving cream. Let the children squeeze drops of red and blue food coloring into their bags before sealing them closed. Then have the children squeeze their bags and watch as the shaving cream turns purple. Let them use their purple shaving cream to fingerpaint designs on sheets of white butcher paper.

Purple Collage - Have children create a purple collage using purple glitter, confetti, construction paper, tissue paper, etc.

Purple Math and Science

How Many? - Fill a jar with purple jelly beans, M&Ms, buttons, or anything else you can think of. Have children write down their guesses as to how many they think is in the jar. Count the objects and see who is closest.

Purple Chart - Brainstorm a list of items that are purple. List them on a large chart.

Color Ice Cubes - Fill and ice cube tray with water. Add a drop of red food coloring to half and a drop of blue food coloring to the other half. Freeze. When frozen, have children put one of each color ice cube in glass of water. Watch as ice melts to see what color is created.

Purple Bottle Shakers - Squeeze drops of red and blue food coloring into a clear plastic bottle of water. Fasten the cap securely, then have children shake the bottle to blend the colors and create purple.

Make Purple Treats

Purple Cow
2 oz. of grape juice,
1/4 c. vanilla ice cream
2 oz. of lemon-lime soda
Blend juice and ice cream, then add soda.

"I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one."

Purple Snacks to enjoy - Grapes, Jelly on toast, Purple Kool-Aid, Grape Juice, Plums, Grape Popsicles, etc.

Read About Purple

  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  • Bread And Jam For Francis by R. Hoban
  • Purple, Green and Yellow by Helene Desputeaux (Illustrator), Robert N. Munsch

Other Purple Resources