I’ve been using MakeBeliefsComix with my classes for many years. It’s a great (and free) online comic strip creator that lets you add a range of characters, speech bubbles and thought bubbles. It’s really easy to use and children can quickly build a wonderful comic by selecting, moving, resizing and flipping the pictures that they add to each scene. Since last using it, the range of characters available has greatly increased and there are also props that you can add to each scene.
There are also 250 new printables and writing prompts that encourage writing and thinking in a quick and imaginative way and foster classroom discussion. Pupils can add their own ideas to the writing prompts and use these as a starting point for their own stories or poems on the chosen subject. The site is building into a wonderful resources for schools – take a look now!