Comic strips are a wonderful way for children to tell complex stories within a simple framework. Use our DIY comic printables to practice writing in a creative and fun way! Gather some examples of comic strips, from newspapers, books, or online, and put them out for inspiration. Explain to the children how we read the boxes from left to right and how speech bubbles are used to show that a character is talking (or thinking about something).
Encourage your comic writers to tell their story in pictures first, and then go back and add speech bubbles where appropriate. Children can cut apart the speech bubbles and glue them directly onto the comic! Remind them that not every box needs dialogue. Much of a comic’s storyline come from the illustrations, which is why comics are so accessible to younger writers, so talk about making the pictures detailed enough so that readers can interpret the story without too many words.
Tap into your inner superpowers and write one along with your children or students…
- Your Favorite Art Materials
Books to Inspire
- Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists by Chris Duffy
- Kapow! by George O’Connor
- Traction Man Is Here! by Mini Grey
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