For Pre School and Prep years
- A4 Coloured Paper for front cover
- Scrap coloured paper cut into strips 1cm x 4cm
- Glue stick
- Extra A4 white pages for internal book pages
- String to collate book pages
Children can make their own rainbow books to draw in and decorate. For Pre school children precut the rainbow window front covers as shown below.
- Create a rainbow template.
2. Fold coloured A4 paper in half. Trace the rainbow template in the middle of the front cover page.
3. Create inside pages of the book with folded A4 white paper.
Children can decorate the first page with coloured paper strips.
5. Add string to collate the pages into a finished book.
Young children love making their own handmade books to draw and create their own visual stories.
Their story structure is loose and spontaneous as they respond freely to their ideas and imagination, making connection to their own experiences and the world around them.
For Prep – Year 3
- scrap papers
- Cartridge paper
- glue stick
Discuss the characters (verbal and non verbal) in the story.
Discuss the profiles of the main characters:
- what features make this character stand out?
- what is significant about the character’s facial features?
- does this character have a significant item of clothing that tells us more about their personality?
Draw a character from the story. Use cut collage techniques to create an artwork.
Ruby is the main character in the story ‘Follow the Rainbow’. Her green beanie and red gumboots tell us more about the weather conditions in the book.
Simple shapes cut from coloured scrap paper create Ruby’s form and action, giving the reader more detail about her character and significant connections to the text.
The character’s facial expressions tell us a lot about how the character is feeling and adds more information to the storytelling.
Create a character using cut paper. Communicate how the character is feeling through their facial expression.
Experiment with the placement, direction, size and shape of the eyes and face etc to create different emotions for your character.
Here are some examples you might like to try.
This video demonstrates some helpful tips to create your characters. Explore techniques for developing facial expressions and communicating feelings and emotions in your character collages.