A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. On my desk, I have a work station…OK. Comedy is harder than it looks. Don’t believe me? Try making garbage disposals sound hilarious.
So I decided to try my hand at visual comedy and give my kids something to do as summer winds down.
If your kids are as wild for comic book characters, superheros and cartoons as mine, this might make the last week before school bearable.
This is an especially great activity for a child who is a hesitant writer since it will help him work on creative writing skills in a context that is fun and most definitely does not feel like "schoolwork". Also, your child can get his creative juices flowing by creating original comic strips to give to friends and family in lieu of a traditional homemade cards. If this sounds like something your kid would enjoy, check out these seven free resources that make it easy and fun to create original comic strips online:
BeFunky: Upload a digital photo to the site and then use the "Cartoonizer" function to turn the photo into a cartoon. Transform the family dog, friends and siblings into professional-looking cartoons in under a minute.
StripGenerator: Makes it easy to create a funky black-and-white comic strip (no drawing required). Choose the number of frames desired and drag characters and items from a menu into the strip. Another feature creates original text and speech bubbles.
WriteComics: Another great site for users who aren't particularly artistic. Select characters and background scenes from the menu and then add speech bubbles with text.
WittyComics: Create comic strips by selecting characters, backgrounds, and speech bubbles containing original text. The background options feature scenes from around the world (e.g. the Greek Ruins, the Eiffel Tower, and the Colosseum). A great tool to incorporate a small history and geography lessons for kids while making a comic strip.
Pixton: A great site for digital storytelling. The free version of the program offers three options: 1.) in Quickie mode, select predetermined sets and characters and add text; 2.) in Regular mode, select from a variety of colorful character and backgrounds scenes, add text, add multiple frames and alter the scene you’ve created by repositioning characters and using the zoom function; 3.) Large Format allows everything possible in Regular mode in a single large frame.
Chogger: A free site with a comic builder feature to draw comics, caption photos, and add speech bubbles.
MakeBeliefComix: Make whimsical comic strips with provided characters, props, and backgrounds.