Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Paper Boy

Paper Boy

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 5-11

A paper drawing of a cyclist comes to life and explores the real and virtual world.

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

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Retell the story in the video in the form of a diary entry.
  • Make a list of adverbs to describe how cyclists can move.
  • Watch some videos of cyclists in action and write / record some commentaries.
  • Write a newspaper report about a cycling competition.
  • Make a poster to encourage others to think about different aspects of road safety when they are cycling.


  • Investigate how cyclists keep themselves fit and healthy in order to take part of competitions.


  • Make a stop-motion video of a cyclist.
  • Make an animation (using animation software) of a cyclist or another sporting activity.
  • Find out how a scanner works. Why do people use them?
  • Could you scan some of your own artwork and edit this using image editing software?

Design Technology

  • Design your dream bicycle. Look at images of real bikes and use features of these in your designs. How would your bicycle be made? What materials would it be constructed with?
  • Look at the paper model of the cyclist in the video. Could you construct a similar model with hinges to allow the arms / legs to move?


  • Look at photographs of cyclists and use these as the starting point for your own drawings / paintings of them.
  • Look at the different art materials on the artist’s desk in the video. What might each of these be used for?


  • Find out about different cycling competitions around the world. Where do they take place?
  • Investigate the location and route of different cycle paths in your area.
  • Make a list of safe cycling routes from your school / home to different local attractions.


  • Find out about the history of cycling. How have bicycle designs changed since they were first invented?

Physical education

  • Have a cycling competition at your school.


  • Investigate road safety and find out about the things that cyclists can do to keep themselves safe.

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