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  This section of the website will rely on contributions, so if you would like to share your ideas and examples of Alice activities, please write in with basic instructions and images if possible (credit will be given).

Cutout Characters


Cutout characters Puppets   Here is a page of Wonderland character templates for you to print, cut out and colour in (click for the full-size image). You could use these to make greetings cards, bookmarks or rod puppets, as shown on the right.

  To make these puppets, I used tracing paper to transfer the outlines of the characters onto thicker paper and coloured them with watercolour paints and pencils. I taped drinking straws to mine, but you could use something similar, like pencils, or add paper loops to make finger puppets instead.

  Be sure to send in pictures of whatever you decide to make.

Doublets (Word Ladders)


  This popular word puzzle was invented by Lewis Carroll. To play, choose two four-letter words (generally the words are related in some way, eg. DOOR and LOCK) and see how quickly you can get from the first word to the second by changing one letter at a time to form a new, real word. It's not as easy as it sounds!

Example: DOOR to LOCK

DOOR
DOOM
LOOM
LOOK
LOCK


  Try playing against other people; the player who connects the words in the lowest number of steps wins. If this is too easy for you, try five-letter words, but be warned, this is not always possible!

Shape poetry

Shape Poetry


  Also known as concrete poetry and visual poetry, this is the technique used by Carroll for the Mouse's "long and sad tale".

  To create your own shape poem, choose a subject and a shape that relates to it. Lightly draw the outline of your shape and write your poem inside. Maybe you could write an Alice-themed poem in the shape of a heart, a teacup or Alice herself.

Design


If you're feeling creative, why not design something inspired by the Alice stories? Here are some ideas:
  • A Wonderland theme park, with rides and attractions based on characters and places from the books

  • Your own illustrated version of the story

  • An Alice board game, possibly with Drink Me and Eat Me cards that make players move slower or faster around the board

  • A film or play of the stories, with a script, costumes, etc.
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