Paths by Chris Riddell
Chris Riddell is an amazing illustrator. I love his work.
A while ago I bought a very unique product from his shop. Paths is a beautifully illustrated set of 52 interlinking and interesting landscapes. The pieces can be moved changed and linked in a variety of different ways and it is sold as a storytelling aid or meditative therapy tool. I've personally spent hours just exploring the possibilities.
This is a superb visual tool for the classroom and here are just some of the ways I've used them in the classroom:
Give a pair of children 4 cards and allow them to interlink them however they choose. Then ask them to tell a story based on the map.
Explore the story 'Instructions' by Neil Gaiman and use it to inspire some stories following a character's journey through a magical realm.
Play! Just let them play with the cards - it's incredibly therapeutic!
Design their own fantasy maps inspired by Paths.
Check out some of the images below to see what it's all about.
Neil Gaiman's Instructions is a
Click the image on the right to find the Amazon link.