Thurrock Island | Week 3

Activity 3 – Design a Character

Hello and welcome to Week 3

This week’s activity is to design a character. Thurrock Island is inhabited by a community called the Landfolk, and the Merfolk live in the surrounding sea. The Landfolk are just like you and me, however the Merfolk live underwater, they can breathe underwater and get around by swimming instead of walking. Isn’t that cool!

Who lives on Thurrock Island and who lives in the sea? Do they have a favourite colour? What is their personality or style of dress? What are their hobbies and what role do they play in the community? Your characters will be used to represent the community of Thurrock Island and the surrounding sea.

To be in with a chance of having your character featured in the Thurrock Island storybook please scan or photograph your artwork and either upload a JPEG or PNG image of your artwork to the Thurrock Island Facebook group or email them to

And don’t forget to mention whether your character is one of the Landfolk or Merfolk living on or around Thurrock Island.

You can draw straight from your imagination or feel free to use our downloadable Landfolk and Merfolk Templates as a guide. We are looking forward to seeing what you create.

Please share your artwork on social media using #ThurrockIsland 

Click here to download a pdf of this week’s task, and the Thurrock Island Concept and FAQs.

Check back here on Friday 31st July for the Week 4 activity. Or subscribe to our mailing list below to receive an email when the next activity is live.

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