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By Mark Warner
Age Range: 5 to 11

Animated on location at a beach, in snow, and underwater, this stop-motion short details a transoceanic conversation between two characters via objects in a bottle.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:

Literacy Ideas

  • Create a written version of this story.
  • Imagine a telephone conversation between the two characters. What would they say to each other?
  • Write a new story about two characters who can only communicate via messages in a bottle.
  • Write an alternative ending to this story.
  • Make a list of words to describe the materials that the two characters are made from.
  • Write a prequel to the animation. Where did the two characters come from?
  • Pause the video at different points and discuss what the characters might be thinking / feeling.
  • Record some narration / dialogue for the story.
  • Brainstorm ideas for a new story with the title 'The Bottle'.

Science Ideas

  • Can you explain what happens to the two characters at the end, using scientific vocabulary?

Computing Ideas

  • Use painting software to draw something new that the characters might put inside a bottle (see Resources below).
  • Could you try to make your own stop-motion animation?

Design Technology Ideas

  • Use sand or snow as modelling materials. What shapes / objects can you make? Talk to a partner and discuss how easy / difficult it must have been to make this animation.
  • Watch the 'Making Of...' video and look at the different materials / techniques that were used.

Art Ideas

  • Draw a picture of something that you would put in the bottle to send from one character to another (see Resources below).
  • One of the characters sends some pictures to the other. Could you draw a picture message to send to somebody else?
Music Ideas
  • This animation doesn't have any music. Could you compose some?
Geography Ideas
  • Think about the two main locations in the story. How are they similar / different? How would you describe them to somebody who has never been there before.


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