Wednesday, July 24, 2024


by Mark Warner
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Ages: 5-11

While looking for a missing limb on a junkyard, Jack discovers what he really misses is a friend.

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

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Look at the first few seconds of the animation. Where is it set? What things can you see? What words / phrases could you use to describe the location? Can you think of any similes / metaphors to describe it?
  • Look at the character Jack. What words / phrases would you use to describe him?
  • Pause the video at different points (e.g. 0:14, 1:00, 1:31 and 2:26) and think of speech / thought bubbles for Jack.
  • Retell the story from Jack’s point of view.
  • Write some narration for the story.
  • Write a prequel to this story that explains where Jack comes from.
  • Write a sequel describing an adventure that Jack and his new friend have.


  • Pause the film at different points and identify / describe the different materials that you can see. What are the materials being used for?


  • Jack is made from a variety of objects. Can you create your own character using images of different objects / materials? Could you animate your character?
  • Using screenshots from the film, could you retell the story in the form of an eBook / multimedia presentation?
  • Can you spot examples of different types of technology in the video (e.g. cassette tapes, floppy disks, USB cables)? Can you describe what they do? Create a timeline to show when each type of technology was invented.
  • Create a social media profile for Jack. What are his interests / likes / hobbies?

Design Technology

  • Make your own model of Jack.
  • Jack is looking for a friend. Can you make one for him?


  • Look at the title frame of the animation. Can you use different materials / objects to create an image that spells out your own name?
  • We can tell how Jack is feeling at different points by looking at his body language. Can you create your own pictures of a person, using their body language to portray their emotions?
  • Create a storyboard that shows the main events in the story.


  • Listen to the soundtrack of the animation. What instruments can you hear? How would you describe the music?
  • Can you compose your own soundtrack for this film?


  • Look at Jack’s body language throughout the animation. How is he feeling at different points? How do you know?

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