Create a Character

One of my goals this year is to help kids try new things in the classroom. Next month, we are going to make books for kindergartners about heart health to celebrate Heart Month. I created this Keynote file so students could build an original character to be the star of their story. I have seen many versions of this, so mine is not original. (Thanks Jill Merkel for inspiration!)

Here is my example character. I made all the shapes in the file by uniting various Keynote shapes together. I plan to remind them how to unite shapes and how to make shapes editable. I will encourage them to make their own combined shapes as well.

The Keynote is attached if you wish to use it.

If you have a similar resource, please share in the comments -- I would love to see other examples!!


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Posted on January 28, 2024

Jodie, I love this! I can’t wait to use it with my students. Thanks for the shout out :)

Posted on January 29, 2024

I love this, Jodie! My high school graphic design students partner up with an elementary class to help them digitally illustrate a story they've written and this would be an incredible resource to add to that process this year! I will definitely be sharing this with my colleagues!

Posted on March 01, 2024

I loved your project and had so much fun watching the second graders be so creative. I was inspired to take your great idea and create an emoji version for kindergarteners. Some of the eyes/noses/mouths/accessories I added are not keynote shapes, so it was a great lesson for the students to learn how to figure out if we can change a shape's color or not. Thank you for the inspiration!


Posted on March 01, 2024

Great Idea!!

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