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Saturday 16 October 2010

rebus eye spy

Rebus is writing that substitutes images for words in a text, or in the example below images that substitute individual letters. If you've ever drawn a heart instead of the word LOVE then you've created your own rebus.  

Rebus can be a useful devise to give children confidence in writing; they can substitute words that they have problems spelling, or simply have fun mixing words and pictures. Rebuses can use letters, numbers, musical notes or pictures, they can convey direct meanings, or puzzle and amuse.

In this exercise we mixed rebus, with collage and concrete techniques. 

eye spy © Lois Blackburn 2010

1. Cut a good supply of letters, pictures and numbers, out of magazines, newspapers, packaging. Try to get a range of sizes and colours. These bits and pieces will start to give you some ideas.
2. Discuss what you would like to write. It could be a sentence, a poem, or a single word.
3. If there are any spellings that you are unsure about, practice them first
4. Select your letters, pictures and numbers. Try placing them in different ways on the page, upside down, diagonally, straight up or down.
5. Once you have got your beautiful arrangement, try not to sneeze. Glue the letters down.
6. Use them to puzzle your delighted friends and family.

I eat a whole pizza © Joe Inman 2010  

Why not have a look at the earliest form of rebus, Egyptian hieroglyphs, which were in use as early as 3400 BC. One site I found, has an alphabet translator, so you can write your name like an Egyptian.  Or see if you can track down more of Lewis Carroll's nonsense letters, such as the example below:

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