If you’re a parent, teacher, or homeschooler, Storyboard That, an online tool for making storyboards, comics, and other visual aids, might be just the educational tool you’re looking for. It has templates, text bubbles, and all the other items you’ll need to effectively communicate with the children in your life. It allows you to create beautiful and educational worksheets faster, and more effectively than ever before. Let’s find out how!
Some of the key benefits I have found while using are being able to:
The sky is the limit when it comes to the possibilities of what you can create using Storyboard That. Here are some ideas of what you can put together, with or without the help of your children. In many of these instances, I would recommend asking your child to help with the creative process so they will be more invested in the project you are creating it for.
If you’re new to using Storyboard That, there is a bit of a learning curve attached. When you have a few minutes, take your time to explore the tool’s options and settings. If you’re the type who would like instructions instead of figuring it out on your own, I highly suggest checking out the useful resources and tutorials on the blog. Here are some quick tips to help you get going.
As a former ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher, I wanted to put Storyboard That to the test and see how easy it would be to create the kind of traditional “printable worksheets” I used to give my elementary-aged school kids.
The letter match is a classic activity for young children who are starting to learn the alphabet for the first time. Using Storyboard That I was able to throw together the template by snapping the pre-made grid onto the page, and simply filling in the text boxes. All I needed to do next was insert a dotted line to give an example, and add some instructions. While basic, the entire worksheet took less than 5 minutes to put together from scratch.
Storyboard That comes with an extensive library of characters that can be fully customized. Using the pre-made grid, and dotted lines, I was able to create a basic writing activity in under 3 minutes by simply dragging and dropping the elements onto the page and choosing the characters I wanted to use.
While Storyboard That is an excellent time-saver for creating traditional worksheets like the examples I showed above, the tool truly excels in its ability to help you create complex and unique storyboards together with minimal effort.
Using the pre-made storyboard art, you are able to customize the backgrounds with a beautiful array of scene options ranging from outdoors, to school, historical places, and more.
Once you’ve selected your scene(s), it’s time to drop the characters in. There’s an ample library of characters to choose from, for which every last detail can be adjusted including the facial expressions and the pose of the characters, giving infinite possibilities and allowing the imagination to run wild.
The only thing left to do now is to add some speech bubbles, and download, print, or invite your students to work on the template. It’s really that simple to create visually stunning and educational storyboards to help your kids practice their creative writing and reading skills.
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Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two beautiful kids, and an editor for the popular parenting blog Mom Loves Best. Jenny is passionate about sharing tips to help encourage reading, creativity, and self-expression among children. As an ESL teacher in her younger years, Jenny understands first-hand the power of being able to quickly put together educational and fun resources and worksheets.
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