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Have you ever wished you could climb inside a story? ... join famous illustrators #waveofhope

Updated: Jun 18, 2021

Have you ever wished you could climb inside a story? – what type of story would it be – have you got a favourite that you would choose – which characters would you like to hang out with? Can you imagine what it would be like to live on a desert island, in the middle of the jungle, or on a boat sailing round the world?

Your challenge this week is to imagine that your wish has come true – you have landed in your story and you can only use the resources you’ve already got around you– you can’t pop to the shops, or make an online purchase – ah and you’ve just remembered it’s your friend’s birthday – what are you going to do? You’ve guessed it … we’re thinking ‘upcycling’ – how we can turn our waste into something useful or creative, and help care for our planet at the same time!

Can you make a birthday card for a friend– cut up an old magazine – make a modern art mosaic pattern, or their initials, or their age? Use sweet wrappers to make a collage? Copy a cartoon or character from your favourite book? Make a ‘camo’ card coloured in greens and browns – or pink and orange? Maybe make a stash of birthday cards for your family to use over the next few months? Is it difficult to stop yourself choosing something ‘new’?

What really personal pressie could you make– could you make your friend a jar full of … jokes … or dares … or riddles … or funny quotes from a book you both like? If you’re thinking of something for Father’s Day - how about a jar full of lovely promises? You could promise to read him a favourite story or poem; help him choose his outfit; lie down on the grass and look for shapes in the clouds together; bring him a nice cold drink and some slices of apple when he is working; or walk barefoot on the grass together! How do you think this sort of personalised present would make somebody feel?

Don’t forget to HIT THE RED BUTTON when you have had fun letting your creative juices flow and made a really personal card or gift instead of popping to the shops.

Whilst you’ve got your creative hat on – you might like to join the #WaveofHope. You can continue your story … it’s like waving from your desert island or your boat – thousands of children this week are trying to attract the attention of the world leaders who are meeting at a G7 Summit this week in Cornwall – we’re asking them to help make our future better - to ‘crack the crises’ – covid, injustice, climate change and nature loss. You can either draw round your own hand, or you could choose to colour in other ‘waving characters’ ( – you might even recognise them from books that you’ve read!! (illustrators include Quentin Blake, Lauren Child, Diane Ewen, Jim Field and Nick Sharratt). Don’t forget to put it up in your window, and maybe your parent/carer/teacher could post it on social media - #waveofhope, @youngclimatewarriors

Don’t forget to HIT THE RED BUTTON when you have enjoyed being creative to help combat climate change.


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