The other day, I did a really awesome program with school-agers: We used LEGOs, puppets, art supplies, and the LEGO Movie Maker app to create some fun movies. What I loved most about this program (other than how much fun everyone had) was that it incorporated so many educational aspects: storytelling, crafting/making, teamwork, and technology!
Prep time was also next to nothing for this program, which was an added bonus. As a matter of fact, I kind of inherited this program at the last minute. An awesome coworker of mine is the original mastermind behind this, but she was unavailable the day of the program, so I took over.
So here’s what we did:
- iPads with LEGO Movie Maker app
- Art supplies (paper, cardboard, markers, scissors, tape/glue)
- Welcome participants, go over the program guidelines, and do a brief demonstration of the app.
- Have participants break off into groups. They should spend a few minutes coming up with a team name and brainstorming a few ideas for their movie.
- Once they have a few ideas, they can come up and start to get LEGOs/puppets/art supplies and start setting up for the movie.
- When they’re ready to start filming, they can come up and get an iPad. The LEGO Movie Maker app is very simple to use; most of the kids who were participating were able to film awesome movies with very little instruction from me.
- If you have the technology, you may want to project videos onto a screen when you’re finished.
- Handle iPads gently and carefully.
- Ask questions. We’re here to help!
- Work together with others in your team. You may need to compromise or share.
- The program ends at ________. Please return your team’s iPad and all supplies when you are finished.
- Have fun!