A House for Corduroy

Create a house for the lovable character Corduroy after experiencing Don Freeman’s book, Corduroy.

  • 1.

    Pre-cut Crayola® Construction Paper in the following shapes: a bear, a door, a house, a roof and grass. Students will need one of each of these pre-cut shapes.

  • 2.

    Using a black Crayola® Super Tips Washable Marker,or another Washable Crayola Marker,draw a face on each of the bear shapes.

  • 3.

    Read Corduroy by Don Freeman to the class. Provide sufficient time for students to experience the illustrations in the story.

  • 4.

    Talk about Corduroy’s journey. What did he find along the way that he always wanted?

  • 5.

    Give each student a piece of blue construction paper, pre-cut house, roof, bear, door, grass shapes and Crayola No-Run School Glue or Crayola Glue sticks.

  • 6.

    Ask the students to create a house for Corduroy using the glue and pre-cut shapes.

  • 7.

    Give students assorted Crayola Crayons and ask them to add detail to their art work. For example, Corduroy’s face, his clothes, shutters for the house, or a sun.

  • 8.

    Once the students have completed their work, ask them to find a partner to talk about Corduroy’s house. Pose these or similar questions to generate conversation: What would it be like inside? What do you think he has in his refrigerator? What kind of games does he have?


  • LA: With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
  • LA: With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
  • LA: Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
  • LA: Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.
  • MATH: Identify and describe shapes.
  • VA: Students will initiate making works of art and design by experimenting, imagining and identifying content.
  • VA: Students will reflect on, share insights about, and refine works of art and design.


  • Use Crayola® Washable Kid’s Paint and white paper and allow students to finger paint Corduroy’s house!
  • Have the students bring their favorite stuffed animal in and have a “Celebration for Stuffed Animals” in your classroom! Hold a discussion focused on what types of homes or habitats the animals typically live in.