Monday, April 15, 2024
A Short Love Story in Stop Motion

A Short Love Story in Stop Motion

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 5-11

A couple of pencil-outlined birds escape from a little girl´s drawing, leading us through the life she dreams of.

Watch this video with your children, and then try some of our teaching and activity ideas below.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Rewrite the story in the form of a narrative text or a diary entry.
  • Write the story of your own dreams. What would you like to achieve in the future?
  • Write a letter to yourself to open in 10 / 20 / 50 years’ time. What would you say?
  • Write a letter from your future self. What would you tell yourself?


  • Look at how this and other animations have been created. Could you create your own?
  • Use a digital camera to take photos that might show scenes from your future. What clothes / props might you need?

Design Technology

  • Create some models of your own characters or those from your favourite books.


  • Draw a picture that represents your dream. Can someone else look at it and work out what it shows?
  • Draw a picture that shows what you think a friend’s dreams might be.
  • Look at the use of colour within the animation. When are dark / bright colours used? Why?
  • Could you draw two pictures of the same thing using bright and dark shades? Which do you prefer? Why?


  • Listen to the music and sound effects in the video without watching it. What do you think is happening? How do you know?
  • Listen to other pieces of music by Sigur Ros. Reflect on how they make you feel. Discuss the instruments that you can hear in them.


  • Make a timeline showing the events in the girl’s dream. How old might she be at each point?

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