Developed by: Duck Duck Moose, Inc.
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s...YOU! Who hasn’t imagined having super powers or being a cute monster at one point or another? The Superhero Comic Book Maker app gives children a super fun medium to show off their imaginative storytelling skills using digital stickers, animation, and personally recorded narration.
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- Watch the video introduction with your child. Talk about how the graphics and animations make the story interesting to watch. Have your child keep those ideas in mind as s/he creates his/her own comic book.
- Talk about some well-known superheroes or monsters. What are some things that we already know about these types of characters? Example: Superheroes often have super powers and come to save the day; monsters can be silly and imaginative. This question will get your child thinking about the inner workings of story characters and their motivations.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
- Review the main elements of a narrative: Setting, characters, problem, and solution. Have your child think about these elements when brainstorming story ideas and choosing one of the twenty-seven background scenes. You could even make a web or list of these main elements on a separate piece of paper for your child to refer to while creating his/her story.
- Tap the Stickers. As your child places stickers in each scene, encourage him/her to tap the stickers to elicit fun sound effects.
- Use the Animations! If your child decides to record his/her own voice to narrate the story (which we hope he/she does!), have him/her touch the characters to make their mouths move. This app also allows users to move the stickers around to animate the scene. Animations are great because they bring stories to life!
Extend the app experience with a real life activity.
- Create a Scene From Your Comic. Use puffy paint on a plain t-shirt to create a 3-D scene from your comic book. Pay special attention to drawing the setting and characters to make them stand out. After it dries, be sure to wear the shirt with pride!
- Create a mini-movie trailer for the comic book. Have your child dress up as the character(s) from the story and act out some of the main scenes. Bonus points for donning superhero or monster costumes!
- The Villain's View. Have your child recreate the story from the villain’s point of view. Explain that there is always more than one version of a story and have your child think about how, if given the chance, the villain may have told the same story. What would be the same? What would be different? Retelling a story from a different point of view is a great way to think critically and stretch one’s brain.