Tips for the picturebook


You can use 'Friends' for a lot of activities with children. Here are some ideas.

By working on the subject of 'conflicts' in an artistic way, children can learn a lot while playing.

Children choose a situation from the book and make their own drawing. They make up there own monsters. In the drawing you have to see clearly what the monsters are doing.

Series of drawing lessons
Three drawing lessons for children with different themes.

Lesson one: fighting
Children draw two monsters who are fighting.

Lesson two: being ashamed
Children draw a monster that is ashamed. Ask them how he looks.
Look very well at the pictures in the book.

Lesson three: laughing, playing or hugging
Children draw two monsters who are having fun together.

When you ask children to make a drawing, some of them say quickly that they are finished. When you let them make up there ideas while sketching, they can concentrate better on the real drawing.
For sketching you can sue pensil on newsprint or another cheap paper.
Ten minutes of skeching is enough. Avoid erasers. After ten minutes the children can choose the best sketch and make it in colour. You can get very beautifull pictures while using expressive material as paint, oilpastels and ecoline.

Making masks
First children make sketches of a monster they have never seen before. Then they get a firm piece of paper (A3) with two holes in it for the eyes.On that paper they work out the best sketch in color with oil pastels or paint. When finished you can cut out the monster and make a mask of it with a piece of elastic.

Making sock puppets
Children make sock puppets of a sock and all kind of things and leftovers. Lay the sock on the table with the heel down. First they have to make the eyes.They sew the things on the sock themselves. After that they can look what the sock needs more to become a monster.You can use everything: paperclips, wool, patches, buttons or things out of the junk drawer.

Playing roles
Children play roles. For instand with the sock puppets or the masks.Chose several themes out of the book. Children make a story up about the themes.

Talking about conflicts with children
When you talk with children about conflicts they learn a lot about it. It can help them to deal with conflicts.

After a conflict you have three choises. You can fight, you can run away or you can make it up. What is the best thing to do? Talk about it with children.

On the first 6 pictures of 'Friends' you can see how a conflict can develope itself.Shame and hope are the turningpoints. When you don't get ashamed or when you don't hope it will end well, it is very difficult to make it up.
On the last four prints you can see how a conflict can be finished.

Tell your own conflict-story.
Children tell about a conflict they have experienced. Which of the terms in the book are coming by?

Making up a conflict-story
Children make up a story with a conflict. Wh
ich of the terms in the book are coming by?

Conflict-story and feelings
What did the children feel when they were getting bored, fighting or hoping? Let them mention the feelings. You can use the book' Vriendjes' (Happy)

Children draw a mindmap of a word (for instant 'shaming' of 'hoping'). In the middle of the mindmap you put the term. From there you draw boughs to all the sides. In every bough you write a association of the term. You can also make pictures.

In this way problems can get clearer and more structured







An example of a mindmap