We are always striving to come up with new, creative activities to do with the kids'. The thought of them hiding out in their bedrooms and spending countless hours playing video games and watching YouTube videos just doesn't fly with me. I don't mind them having a little downtime to do that, but they need to do something else every day that's either educational, fun, electronics-free, involves face-to-face interaction with others, or that gets them moving.
Although they love to watch videos on YouTube, they've both also expressed an interest in making videos and one day having their own YouTube channels. For a while, Marisol and her friends were making music and fun videos together, but Flynn expressed more of an interest in the technical side of things. He wants to learn how things work, how to create something new, and really get into the behind-the-scenes. Neither of us had tried stop-motion video before, so for a couple of hours recently, he and I decided to make a video together. He put together each of the scenes, while I was in charge of the camera and editing. I think he did a much better job than I did. We ended up doing a combination of stop-motion and regular video, and then pieced it all together.
He was fascinated by how stop-motion video worked and has asked me to create even more with him now. He has a great idea to use a space shuttle he built that we bought him on our trip to NASA last summer along with a space-themed backdrop. Apparently, we have to work on that one tonight. This makes me all kinds of happy that he's found a creative outlet that does use his electronics, but helps him to learn, role play, and have fun at the same time.