Today's activity is storyboard planning...
Following last week’s expressive art activity we would like you to revisit the awesome fruit or vegetable superhero that you made and turn him into a star of his own storybook, just like Supertato is! This is your child's opportunity to get the creative juices flowing, include some original ideas of their own and create their own superheroes adventure story!
This can be daunting for children and we story writing is a new concept to your child, and one that is difficult at such a young age combing so many different skills. To break it down into manageable, achievable steps we start with planning the story. Today's activity is to create a storyboard in preparation for the writing element tomorrow. As you will know, a storyboard is a series of pictures that map out key events and act as a visual guide to what happens in the story. When your child has completed this activity, each picture will show a different idea/part and when put together it forms the story in its entirety.
We have attached a template for you to use for your storyboard today.
Begin by getting your child to write the name of their creation on the line at the top as a title. Gather lots of ideas together. Your child may come up with lots of brilliant ideas, however putting them all in one story may be challenging so they may need to be narrowed down. Try to focus on just one incident, such as a house on fire, someone stuck on a building roof, a person having had their purse stolen etc. that they superhero has to solve.
To help develop your child's ideas you could ask questions such as,
Who are they?
Who do they meet?
Where do they go?
How do they help?
When you have got a firm idea of what they want their story to be, now is the type to map it on the storyboard. Start with the beginning of the story such as the setting, where they are, what is happening e.g. "Fire Angel is walking her superhero dog Rufus in the local park on a hot sunny day". Moving to the incident. e.g. "Suddenly she hears a roar through the sky and sees a enormous fireball flying through the sky towards the group of children playing nearby". Then moving to how it is going to be solved, e.g. "Fire Angel leaps up into the sky with Rufus on her back and with her fire gloves shoots out smoke like a fire extinguisher". Then bringing the story to a close, e.g. "The children cheered and Rufus ran over for lots of fusses. Good work Fire Angel".
Encourage your child to talk through each picture with you so that when they come to write about it you are familiar with their ideas in preparation for tomorrow's writing activity. You can write on the lines their ideas, wow words that they use and prompts ready for tomorrow.
Need a stepping stone?
It may be that 4 pictures is too much or proves overwhelming for your child. We have included a template with just 2 pictures as a stepping stone. If your child struggles to come up with an idea or finds being imaginative tricky then two is more achievable.
As you have moved to a 2 step template we suggest you make these very focussed. The first picture may just be a drawing of their character ready for a sentence like This is ________. Together you can add detail that builds on this, such as his appearance. The second picture could be them meeting another character or their own character doing something like saving a person trapped in a burning building. Again, together you can build on the details in gentle discussion.
The more you can discuss your ideas, asking lots of questions the more your child will develop their thinking skills and allow their creativity to grow.
Need a further challenge?
You may find that your child is able to really develop their ideas and may want to include more. We have also provided a template with 6 pictures below to enable your child to expand their story. Remember that this will engage with more writing throughout tomorrow's activity so please only choose this if you feel your child is ready.