I know some of your children are learning Japanese or have an interest in Japanese culture. I found a great website I want to tell you about. And I found it (almost) in my own backyard!
At the National Gallery of Victoria website, there is an interactive feature that encourages kids to create stories using some beautiful Japanese art.
Stories From Old Japan is a simple animation system that allows students to create stories using the characters and backgrounds of the Pictures of the Floating World. It works particularly well as a small group exercise on an electronic whiteboard.
On the Create Your Story page, you'll find a video that explains how to use the application, ideas on incorporating it into teaching and learning, and examples created by kids. There's also a pdf available of cards students can use to help them map out ideas before creating a story. The pdf is slow to download but is packed with that same lovely art.
(If you're interested in finding other online places where children can create their own stories, you might like to read my article, Sharing Stories Using Online Editors.)