Characters in search of a story
Create characters and invent stories by combining details from reality in the virtual world
Have you ever invented a story and characters? Have you ever played with the stories you already know, maybe changing the ending, the characters etc.?
What if someone told you… “The story stops here. You have to continue and finish it. What happens next?”
Gianni Rodari, “Stories to Play With” in “The Grammar of Fantasy”
In this activity, children and young people will observe the reality around them and, thanks to their imaginations and digital tools, they will transform it and give life to new characters and worlds that become the protagonists of stories they invent.
Like Alphabets of shapes / household object sets, they will use everyday objects, shapes, colors and small details that are hidden at home or wherever they are; they will explore spaces and create evocative and unexpected encounters, impossible in the physical world.
from age 7 up (for younger children, together with an adult)
tablet or telephone connected to the internet, Photoshop Mix (free app), paper and pen
art, technology, science, math, language, arts
how to continue the project
“…one must feel free, then, to abandon the story to its fate and accept the suggestion of chance.”
Gianni Rodari, Storie per giocare, in “Grammatica della Fantasia”
→ You can send the beginning of your story to a friend, relative or classmate, and ask them to continue it, adding new characters and settings. You can continue this exchange, adding new chapters from time to time.
→ You can add movement to your story by creating a sequence of pictures in which characters move / perform actions. By quickly scrolling through the pictures, it appear will as if they were moving. You have created a “digital flipbook” (a flipbook is notebook with a series of drawings in which the figures of an animated drawing are drawn in succession; flicking through the book quickly gives the impression of a moving picture).
→ If you import the same sequence of photos into a video editing app, you can make a short video and add sounds and noises.
→ You can import your characters and all elements of your story into Scratch, and animate them with the these instructions.