The adventures of education kid

Child  "superhero" silhouette at sunset
Primary school 5-11 years

Have you got a child who adores superheroes, but is a reluctant reader? We show you how to combine superheroes with reading and writing: do-it-yourself comic books!

What you need:

  • A few pieces of A4 paper
  • A black marker
  • Ruler
  • Colourful felt tip pens
  • Sticky tape or stapler

What to do:

  • Using the ruler and black marker, draw a vertical line and a horizontal line (forming a cross) on each piece of A4 paper for your child to use to create their comic book.
  • Help your child to think up a simple story starring their favourite superhero. TIP: a basic story has 4 scenes, an introduction (the hero is doing something), a problem or complication (something happens to the hero), a response to the problem (the hero reacts) and the resolution (how the problem is resolved).
  • Encourage your child to draw pictures of each scene of their superhero story in the segments on the paper.
  • Encourage them to draw word bubbles and put the dialogue in.
  • Encourage your child to incorporate their superhero’s actions, with words written in stars and bubbles, such as: ‘Bang!’ and ‘Whack!’.
  • Once your child has finished writing their comic book, encourage them to colour in their pictures.
  • Your child’s comic book is ready to be bound! You can do this either with sticky tape, or a stapler.
  • Sit with your child and read through their comic book and encourage them to read it to others when the opportunity arises.
  • Remember to praise them for the effort and let them know you are proud of their reading!

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