Monday, January 16, 2012
Make a LEGO Comic at Pharaoh's Quest
If your kids love LEGO, I think they'll love making a comic at Pharaoh's Quest. (2014 update- no longer available.)
Based on the LEGO toy range, the comic maker provides backgrounds, heroes, mummies, creatures, treasures, captions and effects from which kids can choose. Backgrounds come in single or multiple frame templates. I was disappointed there is no way to add text of our own, but there are several special effects words available eg boom! pow! and even hieroglyph speech bubbles! Once an element is dragged to the working screen, it can be edited with larger/smaller, flip, rotate and move controls. Delete an item by simply dragging it out of the window.
There's an option to print out the comic, but for a digital version, kids will need to take a screen grab as there is no save function.
Making a comic is a wonderful way to involve children in some creativity and storytelling. Although writing is limited in the actual online comic maker, kids can still use it as a spark for a story of their own. They could handwrite or type a story, and use printed cartoons from Pharaoh's Quest as their illustrations. Younger kids will relish the opportunity to make stories that revolve around their toys. Play with literacy even more, and work out children's names according to the Egyptian Hieroglyphic Alphabet.