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Set building

So you’ve created your characters, now it’s time to give them a home. Using recycled packaging is an inexpensive way to build a set. Repurposing materials encourages debate, conversation and collaboration within the group, as students are required to think about each item in a way that is separate from its original use.

For this step, you might find it useful to have the following materials available.

Set building using recycled materials

  • Cardboard packaging (eg. cereal boxes, tea bag boxes)

  • Egg cartons

  • Plastic bottles

  • Tetra packs

  • Cardboard tubes

  • Yoghurt pots or similar

  • PVA glue

  • Coloured paper/card

  • Poster paint (optional).

Working together to make a set requires students to form a team very early on in the session. We’ve also attached some cut outs for your Shoebox Set Design activity, which contains pre-designed characters and other useful cut outs that could be useful on your set.

Have a go at creating a set for your animation and add comments below on your ideas, intentions and any set building tips.

Please do share any ideas to the Padlet wall.

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