I am having my kids doing some Thanksgiving writing activities. Is there a way they can type their paragraph in a shape of a turkey (or any shape for future purposes)? I know we have done Wordles in various shapes, but is it possible to do full paragraphs in a similar way? Thanks in advance!!
So...... this is a good one. The answer to your question is "yes-ish." You can do this, sort of and kind of. Here are a couple of ways that I know of, along with their associated buts.
Image Chef - Word Mosaic This tool is web-based and really easy to use. You just pick the shape you want (or create your own), paste in your text and click "Preview." BUT as you can see, it doesn't come out looking paragraph-ish. Maybe that's not bad, since it was probably the process of writing the paragraph that was the real meat (white or dark??) of the lesson.
Image Chef - Visual Poetry This one, from the same developer, is definitely more paragraph-friendly, but problematic in some obvious ways. First, the lines break in weird places, so again you lose the meaning of the paragraph itself; plus it's hard to see the shape (and the choices of colors and fonts aren't as cool).
Google Drawings The last method I can think of off the top of my head is probably more for other occasions, as a turkey is not a standard shape. To do this one, you just have your kids write their paragraphs and paste the text into a textbox in Drawings, then download the Drawing as a JPEG image. Next, have them delete the textbox, and insert an image (the one they just downloaded). Now that their words are actually a picture, they can Mask the picture to a shape by selecting the image then clicking on the Mask tool (the arrow next to the Crop button), and choosing a shape. Watch this to see what that process looks like:
SO the moral of the story is that you do have options, though none of them is perfect. It's kind of like an episode of House Hunters!
If anyone out there in cyberland has some other/better suggestions, I'd love to hear them!