Have you heard about Stickman?
Here’s how it works:
You draw a stick man (or a stick woman, stick kid, stick pet…)
He comes alive and runs into trouble.
You draw solutions to his problems.
My five year old thinks it’s a blast. (I do too!) Manipulating the mouse to draw is a bit tricky for him, but it’s getting easier with practice. Older kids would have no problem. Right now, there’s only one storyline, so the same thing happens every time. Obviously this isn’t a problem, since we’ve “played Stickman” several times this weekend. It’s like re-reading a favorite story!
Our book is about a brave little character, also creatively named Stickman.
In this example, I drew the character, then my son drew a problem and a solution. We repeated the process on each page. We added text descriptions in my son’s own words. You could change the roles and take turns drawing the character and creating problems. My son didn’t want to switch jobs because he thought it was hilarious to create crazy problems for Stickman to solve.
Besides the fun factor, this project is a terrific way to think creatively and practice the all-important skill of problem solving.
Yay for Stickman!