Last Saturday, we hosted our very first story time event together with Chapter1 English Bookstore. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous – could we and Kiki hold the attention of over 20 kids for a half an hour? In the end, there was nothing to worry. Children (and parents!) were curious to find out how Kiki would bring the special message to them and what would the message say. We solved the issue of how to personalise the book to a group in a simple way: we were in a bookstore, so the message was for Tiny Bookworms. And the message, of course, was about the power of reading and imagination: they can take you for adventurous journeys and give you lots of fun!
Even more exciting, we had the honour to organize our first Message in a Bottle birthday party! A birthday in a children’s bookstore – now how lovely is that! A special segment in the programme was a magical illustration time, where children learned to draw the characters of Message in a Bottle, most importantly Kiki!
I had prepared a guide for the kids to show how to draw Kiki step by step, and I was so impressed by the results:
Now it’s your turn:
How to draw Kiki
You can download and print the kids’ guide by clicking the link below:
- First, let’s draw Kiki’s basic body shape which is almost like the shape of a pear. If that’s too hard, start with drawing two circles on top of each other, smaller one for the head and bigger one for the body, and then connect them as shown in the sheet.
- Then let’s draw the beak and first part of the legs. The curvy beak is a tricky one!
- Next are the wings. Remember to add a smile inside the beak.
- Almost there! When you’ve drawn the basic shape of the wings, add Kiki’s ‘fingers’ (to be honest, I don’t know how to call them!). Draw also the long legs and toes.
- Clean the outlines and give Kiki big and round eyes. And you’re done!
Not to worry if your drawing of Kiki didn’t come out exactly as in the example at your first try – learning to draw is practice, practice and practice!