Videos, or video excerpts make great prompts for creative expression. Children might write a story that finishes a video excerpt, or one that's inspired by it. They could create a poem based on a short video, or just describe what happens in their own words. They might decide to use the video as a model for a video they create themselves. Or, after watching a video, they could play it again, and listen only to its music while they draw or paint, trying to capture the feeling of the video.
Here's an example of one video I found on Youtube. It's one of an excellent series about Simon's Cat. This one is Simon's Cat in 'The Box'.
After enjoying this short video together, and discussing it, I would try some questions:
- Can your kids look at the world from the point of view of a cat?
- What sort of personality does the cat have?
- What is the cat thinking? Jot down any thoughts and see where it takes you.
Oooh, a cat house!
And you can't see me.
Secret Agent Cat!
You and your kids might prefer to respond with art work, make a slideshow from your own cat pictures, create a short movie by filming your own cat and processing the tape with movie making software. If you have a cat puppet, you might create a short puppet show, or write a script for one, based on the cat character in the movie. You could choose a cat at Talking Pets, and create a short speech (under 200 characters) for it. Kids might even want to pretend to be a cat, and investigate a cardboard box of their own!
Maybe this video doesn't tickle your funny bone the way it did mine? There are plenty to choose from, and searching is lots of fun.
What video do you choose, and where will it take you?