Friday, April 20, 2012

Tell a Bayeux-style Digital Story

In a few weeks, I hope to see the Victorian replica of the Bayeux Tapestry in the Museum at Reading. Excitement! For some people it's racing cars, or the Eiffel Tower perhaps. But for me, the Bayeux Tapestry holds huge fascination. Is it because it's not really a tapestry at all? Is it because it was created by a group of women with the most amazing skill, artistry and perseverance? Or is it because, for me, it's one big ancient comic strip - a kind of Where's William from the 11th Century?

I also have a fondness for an application that allows us, kids included, to create our own digital stories with a Bayeux look. I wrote about it in Is There Anything Older Than The Book Chook?, giving details of how it works. It's called the Historic Tale Construction Kit, and the reason for this post is that its url has changed since that original post of mine.

Do consider playing with your kids there! Boys in particular will enjoy the warriors and weapons. But there are quaint buildings, animals, all sorts of elements that children can use to create a picture. And the text is in a lovely archaic font that adds a further touch of verisimilitude. Building a digital story from images and texts is such a wonderful way to develop creative thinking in kids.

For more information about the Bayeux Tapestry, check out Britain's Bayeux Tapestry website. I found links to other activities based around the Bayeux Tapestry there, including another interactive where you can build your own tapestry. The original Bayeux tapestry is located in France.


  1. The Bayeux Tapestry has always intrigued me as well. One day...

  2. @Jeanne I wish a clever publisher would make an activity book for kids based around it. Where's William? would be my pick of titles.


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