Contributor: Sam Collins
Contributor: Sam Collins
When a little girl makes a gift for her parents, events take an unexpected turn, and she finds herself in a magical adventure.
Watch this video and then try some of the teaching and activity ideas below.
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Pause the video at 0:20 and ask the children to predict what will happen in the film. Ask them to provide evidence for their ideas.
- Stop the video at certain points, for example, 0:54 (When the little girl sees her parents arguing) or 3:39 (which shows her parent’s reaction to the little girl) and make a list of words that could be used to describe the characters.
- Write a dialogue between the girl and her toy.
- Make a list of stories and films where the main character(s) go through some kind of portal.
- Ask the children to explain why the girl imagines an adventure.
- Choose two contrasting settings from the film and write a detailed description for each. Make a list of things that are the same and things that are different.
- Write a voiceover describing the section where the girl and her toy are chased by the ball of wool (2:04-3:35)
- Stop the video, for example, at 3:53, and write a through bubble for the character.
- Make two lists of adjectives describing the box before and after the adventure.
- Write a narrative poem to describe one of the scenes, such as surfing on the wave (3:12-3:26)
- Make a comic strip of the story. Use one of our handy templates.
- Write the story from the point of view of one of the characters, such as the girl or her father.
- Suggest alternative titles for the film.
- Make a collection of different boxes. Measure them and compare their volume and capacity.
- Use our Cube Nets sheet and challenge children to work out which nets will fold up into a cube and which will not.
- Collect a set of 3d shapes and investigate whether they slide or roll down a slope.
- Write a list of light sources in the film.
- This short video shows the original drawings alongside clips from the film. Could you plan your own animation using this idea?
- Make a game based on it somehow?
- Digital image based on the film?
- Design a raft for the main character. What materials would you need to make it? Why would those materials be suitable?
- Design a pop-up book or scene based on the video. This site has lots of examples for inspiration.
- Create a jigsaw puzzle.
- Choose a scene from the video and recreate it in different media, such as pastels, pencil crayons and paint. What effect does the media used have on the finished image?
- Make a 3d art piece that could be a gift for someone.
- Look at some examples of sculptures of people, such as The Burghers Of Calais by Auguste Rodin and Woman of Venice II by Alberto Giacometti. Discuss different approaches to creating a human sculpture, and try making your own.
- Compose a new soundtrack.
- Write some lyrics to accompany the soundtrack.
- Create a map of the main character’s imaginary journey.
- Create a course based on the film, including sliding and swinging.
- Ask the children to invent a chasing game.
- Create a dance based on the events in the film,
- Describe one of the characters in a language that you are learning.
- Learn the word for one of the key ideas of the film, such as kindness, in a range of different languages.
- Have a discussion about gifts. Why do people give gifts? How does it feel to give a gift or to receive a gift?
- Talk about arguments. Why do people argue? How can you resolve an argument?