You will need
- A4 paper
- Coloured pens or pencils
- Pens or pencils
- Camera (optional)
Before you begin
- This activity works best spread over several sessions. You’ll need some time to explain the activity and set up your comic, then you’ll need to save a bit of time to add a panel each time you meet.
- You’ll need plants that you’ve taken care of for this activity. If you haven’t planted anything yet, why not check out Grow a green caterpillar
- Think about how you’ll keep the plants safe between sessions. Do you have somewhere to keep them? Should people take them home? If their plants are at home, would it work better for people to add panels to their comic between sessions?
- Decide how often you’ll revisit your plants to add a panel to your comic. We’ve suggested weekly, but it’ll depend on what you planted and how fast it grows.
- Everyone should sit in a circle.
- Someone should read Maxine's Magical Comic by Jess Connett. Make sure you save a copy before the session.
- After reading the story, everyone should take some time to reflect on it as a group. We’ve included some questions to help you reflect in the pink box below.
Make your comic
- Everyone should look at their plants and chat about what they need to grow.
- The person leading the activity should give everyone a piece of paper. Everyone should put the paper horizontally in front of them and fold it from top to bottom. They should unfold their paper and fold it from left to right twice. This will create boxes (called panels) for people to fill.
- Everyone should fill the first panel with a drawing or photo of their plant – is it big or small? What colour is it? Can they see any shoots, leaves, or flowers yet?
- Everyone should add some words (or drawings) that explain what their plant smells or feels like.
- Everyone should fill the second panel of their comic with everything their plant will need to grow. Will it be watered by the rain, or will they water it with a watering can? Will it be near a window or in the great outdoors?
- Everyone should take care of their plant and wait for it to grow.
- After a week or so, everyone should repeat steps three and four to fill the third panel of their comic. What does their plant look, feel, and smell like now? Maybe it has a wiggly stem or soft leaves. It might smell of nothing, or it could smell really fresh.
- Everyone should keep looking after their plant. They should check in on it weekly to add another panel to their comic until it’s full. Does it show how their plant has grown and changed?
This activity gave everyone the chance to value the outdoors as they learned more about what plants need to grow and stay healthy. They also practised communicating what they could see, feel, and smell in different ways.
Maxine's Magical Comic
- Who is your favourite character from a comic or story?
- When was the last time someone helped you do something tricky?
Make your comic
- What did the plants need to grow and stay healthy? Did anyone notice how their actions helped (or hurt) their plant?
- Was it easy to show how the plants grew in a comic? Maybe it was tricky to draw accurately or useful to ask a grown up to help with some labelling.