You will need
- Coloured pens or pencils
- A4 paper
- Comic strip templates
- Other craft items (optional)
- Printed pictures to copy (optional)
- Split into pairs, threes, or small groups. Give each group some pens and pencils, the comic strip template, and some plain paper.
- Each group should come up with a story. The person leading the activity might want to explain all of the structure at the beginning, or they might want to go through a stage at a time.
- First, groups need to choose a main character, and imagine where they live (their setting). They should draw their character and setting as the first two panels of their comic – it’s up to each group whether they use the template provided or the plain paper.
- Next, they need to introduce a problem. Groups should draw the problem, how their character tries to fix it, and what happens when it doesn’t work.
- Despite their character’s best efforts, the problem gets worse! Groups should draw what happens.
- Thankfully, their character asks their friends for help. Groups should draw this scene – how does the main character ask for help? What do their friends look like?
- Now, the team of friends try again to solve the problem, working together this time. Groups should draw their attempt, showing their teamwork.
- The team’s solution works! Groups should draw the solution, and add a happy ending.
This activity needed you to communicate. How did you share your ideas with your group? Was it easy to explain your ideas to them? Was it easy to listen to other people’s ideas? Did you understand their ideas? How did you give feedback about people’s ideas?
This activity also needed you to work as a team. What did you do when you had different ideas? Did you all play the same role, or did you do different things? Did you have the same goal? How is your finished comic? Are you proud of what you created together?
Make sure stories remain age appropriate – discourage language or references which are inappropriate or offensive.