My sons both LOVE Legos. They play with them all of the time and it seems to be the only thing that they care about. When I am not looking my oldest son Nathan sneaks off and gets one of my laptops (yes, I have two but it was because one of them was broken for a long time and I needed one while the other one was waiting to be fixed). He doesn’t read or write yet, but he knows how to spell L-E-G-O. He also knows how to spell things related to Legos by looking at the instructions. He always navigates to Lego videos on YouTube. He happened upon one and he wanted me to watch it. It was a stop motion animation video that was really well done. After we finished watching the video I told him how stop motion animation worked (homeschooling at its best!). He said that he wanted to do that. I asked him to please wait so that I could get ready for the day and then I would help him. He didn’t want to wait and was very eager and I didn’t want to miss this opportunity, so we got right to work. Here are the steps that we took.
- Get a backdrop/scene set for what you want to take pictures of.
- Find a steady surface or a tripod for your camera and set those up with the camera directed at your scene.
- Start taking pictures of the thing you want to make a video of. In each picture the thing (in our case a Lego man and snowmobile) will want to be moved just a little so that when the video is played it looks like it is moving. Remember to keep all hands out of the pictures 🙂 This part takes a long time! My son took over 200 pictures for his short movie.
- Once you are done you want to go through your pictures and edit or delete ones that need to be.
- Upload the photos to a movie maker program (we used iMovie)
- Add in sound effects
- Save your movie and share it with everyone.
Nathan did all of the picture taking himself. He was very patient and seemed to enjoy it very much. My husband and I worked on uploading the photos and doing the iMovie, but Nathan gave us input as to what sounds he wanted to use. He has been busily taking a whole bunch more pictures, so more videos will be sure to follow!
Drumroll please……Here is Nathan’s Arctic Adventure!!!
p.s. This project is so not Waldorf, but it is something that he is really passionate about and I would hate to miss such a great learning opportunity that he enjoyed so much because it didn’t “fit in” with what a philosophy says.
p.p.s. I will be putting a password on my computer so that he can’t continue to sneak off with my computer to watch videos!
p.p.p.s. I just learned that Lego has an app to make these videos from your phone. I heard that it is super easy to do. I’m not sure that my son will be able to keep the phone still though.