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Preschool Homeschool Curriculum: Color Purple Lesson Plan

Purple Cow Craft

Objective: To learn about the color purple

Message: Red and blue make purple.


  • Purple by Heather Adamson
  • Purple by Nicole Pristash
  • I See Purple by Trudy Micco
  • Purple by Patricia M. Stockland
  • Why Are Animals Purple? by Melissa Stewart
  • Purple by G.J. Holmes
  • Purple as a Plum by Molly Dingles
  • Purple by Sarah L. Schuette
  • Purple by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann

Music: “The Color Song” (CDC page 279-280)

(Tune: “I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad”)

Purple is the color for a bunch of grapes.
Purple is the color for grape juice too.
Purple is the color for a violet.
I like purple. Don’t you?

Fine Motor Skills:

  • CCBS page 22
  • LLCS pages 16-17

Gross Motor Skills: Dancing to songs with purple in the title.

  • “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix
  • “Purple Rain” by Prince
  • “The Purple People Eater” by Sheb Wooley

Craft/Activity: The Purple Cow (CDC page 315)

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.


  • Cow printable (
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Red and blue food coloring
  • Water
  • Empty container
  • Paintbrush


  1. Print the cow printable on blank paper.
  2. Cover a workspace with the plastic sheeting.
  3. Fill the container with some water.
  4. Add some red and some blue food coloring to the water.
  5. Stir the colored with the paintbrush until mixed into the color purple. Add more of either color to change the hue of the purple.
  6. Paint the cow printable with the purple colored water. Do not over saturate the paper.
  7. Allow the colored water to dry completely.


Comprehensive Curriculum of Basic Skills (Grade P). 2011. American Education Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60996-328-6
Let’s Learn Colors & Shapes (2+). 2011. Spectrum Early Years. ISBN 978-1-60996-201-2
Schiller, Pam and Pat Phipps. The Complete Daily Curriculum for Early Childhood (Revised). 2011. Gryphon House. Inc. ISBN 978-0-87659-358-5

Image Credits

Purple Cow Craft © 2014 Heather Johnson

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