Here are some more places to create avatars online.
I have to admit, I was a little peeved with this exercise. History.com wanted me to be realistic, and I wanted weaponry! Because I picked a Viking girl, all I could have was a broom, or a pair of shears, not much good for defending my honour against marauders.
The nice side was, I got a profile to read about myself, which helped me put my avatar into historical context. I also got an embed code, which actually only embedded the link (see below - Dark Ages profile link), or the chance to share my creation with friends.
The very cool part is you can upload your own face photo to include in the avatar. I had two tries, because the boy gear is so much more fun. (It is ever thus, ladies.) You can see Sir Chook above.
Kids could print their dark ages character and have some fun constructing their own profiles, perhaps modelled on the one the site suggests, or creating one more to their own liking.
Check out my Dark Ages profile!
Characters is a quick notepad for outlining character details, plus a cute editor to choose physical features for your character. Just click on the face, head, clothes etc at the right of the screen to scroll through available features. Great for younger kids.
Dumonde's Gadget Maker
Dumonde's Gadget Maker is part of the Kids.com website. Making a gadget is a simple matter of drag, drop and customize with the sliders. Once you're happy, you can preview your creation, which involves giving it a name and describing what it can do. You can share or print, or take a screen grab like I did.
This could be handy if young writers want a machine to star in their writing.
The Hero Factory
Thanks to Keith Schoch from Teach with Picture Books for reminding me that The Hero Factory is another great avatar builder, and loved by boys and girls alike. You can read more about it at my post, My Hero.
The Book Chook will be taking a few days holiday over the Easter break, but will be back, filled with enthusiasm and chocolate in a few days.