Be a Moviemaker: An iPad Program

Be a Movie Maker
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:

Supplies Needed:

  • iPads with LEGO Movie Maker app
  • Art supplies (paper, cardboard, markers, scissors, tape/glue)
  • Puppets
  • LEGOs

Program Procedure:

  • 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.

Program Guidelines:

  • 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!
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