Created by Viviane Schwarz
Let's make up some wintery stories
There are many ways to make up a story. Some people like to work them out carefully, and others like to make them up as they tell them.
You can tell a story as a performance – speak it, sing it, dance it, make it a play or a movie. You can write it down, or tell it in pictures, or use both words and pictures together.
The main thing is to notice when you find a really good piece of a story – maybe the beginning, maybe the end, or a bit in the middle. You will recognise it, because when you ask yourself if you want to know what happened before, or what happens next, you will feel: Yes, I really want to know that!
Then you will discover and invent the rest.
You can make things up by yourself. You can do it with someone else – it’s like playing a game where everyone wins a story.
Here are some friends, ready to help you with ideas.
For this activity, you will need some paper, scissors, and something to draw with.
The paper can be blank sheets, but it’s also fun to recycle. That way you might get to work with different colours! Try drawing on used envelopes or even card from a box.
You can start a story by doodling characters.
Do you want to make up your own characters? Try it!
Maybe you’re great at drawing, but don’t worry if you’re not. Just doodle and see what happens. Even professional artists often start with doodles!
The main thing is that when you look at your drawing, you have an idea of who the character is, and that you can imagine how they might feel, what they might enjoy doing, what might make them angry - you don’t have to know that before you start drawing, it’s fun to decide it as you go along.
If you draw your characters on paper, you can cut them out and send them on adventures.
Any way of drawing is good!
Here’s a way to help you if you aren’t sure how to start, or if you want to surprise yourself.
You can use any kind of paper and any kind of pen or pencil.