How to Make a Stop Motion Video With Your Kids: LEGO Style

Do your kids like to watch movies?

Looking for a project that taps their vivid imaginations and tells a story?

Make a stop motion video with your kids.

It’s an educational activity that’ll cultivate your child’s creativity, reinforce valuable life skills and create long-lasting memories.

In this article I’ll show you how to make a low- to no-cost stop motion movie with your family.

Looking for a way to combine creativity, storytelling and technology? Make a stop motion video with your kids. Transform toys or clay into characters that move.

Why Make a Stop Motion Video?

Stop motion, defined by Merriam-Webster, is “a filming technique in which objects (such as clay models or LEGO bricks) are photographed in a series of slightly different positions so that the objects seem to move.”

It’s fun to make a movie with your kids! You’ll engage your creative muscles in a whole new way as you reinforce writing and storytelling skills; design sets, characters and props; and explore the craft of movie-making.

Making a movie helps strengthen life skills such as storytelling and leadership, teamwork, organization, critical thinking and communication. And kids’ confidence will get a boost when they inspire, move or entertain people with the final results.

The only obstacle to making a stop motion movie is the limit of your imagination (and maybe the size of your memory card!).

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5 Cute Picnic Food Ideas Your Kids Will Love to Make and Eat

Tired of the same old picnic food?

Want to add some fun to your next outdoor meal?

Make your picnic extra-special. Use the food art ideas below to create the ultimate fun picnic with your kids.

In this article I’ll share five simple, kid-friendly picnic food ideas to help make your next family picnic something extraordinary.

Want to make your picnic extra special? Turn it into a garden. This project has 5 adorable picnic food ideas to make your next family picnic fabulous.

Why Flower Garden Picnic Foods?

There’s nothing like an outdoor picnic. It’s fun to enjoy food you’ve prepared with the people you love in the great outdoors.

When you create cute food art that looks like flowers and other things from the garden, you double the fun with your kids—first by creating the food art and then by eating it outdoors.

These five cute picnic food ideas will bring excitement into your backyard, encourage your kids to eat healthy food and set the stage for an afternoon of fun!

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How Saying Yes to Your Kids for a Day Will Rock Their World

Do your kids feel like you say no to them all the time?

Are you willing to take a risk?

Then it’s time for a Yes Day!

A Yes Day is when you let your kids call the shots and you get to say Yes! to (almost) everything.

In this article I’ll explain how to set up a Yes Day that everyone in the family will enjoy.

Tired of saying

Why Have a Yes Day?

It’s fun to say “yes” for a whole day. A Yes Day is a special day once a year when the answer to every question is “yes.” How often does that happen?

It’s fun for kids because they have to think about what they want and then make requests. And it’s fun for parents because, really, who likes to say “no” all the time?

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4 Secrets of Happy Families and How You Can Apply Them

Do you wonder what the secret sauce is that holds happy families together?

What do they do right, and how can you learn to make your family happier?

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,”  said the great Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy in his book Anna Karenina.

Was he right? Do all happy families have certain things in common?

In this article I’ll share four practices that can draw your family closer and make everyone in your home happier, summarized from more than 200 ideas found in The Secrets of Happy Families, by Bruce Feiler.

Four ways to draw your family closer and make everyone in your home happier, summarized from 'The Secrets of Happy Families' by Bruce Feiler.

Why Is a Happy Family Important?

Over the last fifty years, families have changed drastically. We have blended families, adoptive families, divorced families, single-parent families, two-parent families, gay-parent families, family members with different faiths and some with none at all.

But no matter what kind of family you belong to, your family is key to your overall happiness and well-being.

In fact, studies prove that the number-one predictor of life satisfaction comes from spending time with people you care about and who care about you.

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5 Daddy Date and Mommy Date Ideas for Quality Time With Each of Your Kids

Are your kids shouting over their siblings, clamoring for your undivided attention?

Do they crave a little one-on-one fun time with you?

Time to schedule a daddy date or mommy date with your child!

We asked top parenting bloggers about their best ideas for spending individual time with your children.

In this article, I’ll share five ideas for planning special “dates” with your kids and a few tips to help you make room in your schedule.

Five ideas for planning special one-on-one

Why Take Your Kid on a Date?

Your kids crave alone-time with you. It makes them feel special to have you all to themselves.

You know how important it is—and you love it too—but it can be hard to find the time!

What with work, school, homework and activities, how does a busy parent do it? And if you can find the time, how do you shake things up a little?

We had the same questions, so we asked some busy parenting bloggers to share their tips on making time and finding the right activities.

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5 Dangerous Projects You Should (Probably) Let Your Children Do

Do your kids test their limits… and scare you to death?

Is it difficult to let go and let them learn things, the hard way?

Merriam-Webster defines adventure as “an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks.”

In this article, I’ll share five adventures that encourage parents like you and me to say “yes” and let our children learn by taking risks.

I gleaned them from Gever Tulley’s book, 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do).

Learn how to prepare your kids for the real world by teaching them the difference between true danger and mere risk.

Why Let Kids Do Dangerous Projects?

At what age would you feel comfortable letting your child use a sharp knife?

Before you answer that question, consider the risks of using a sharp knife; for example, small cuts and scratches or even deep wounds. Then start from age 2 and keep going up until you’re sure you could hand your child a sharp knife without having to say, “Be careful!”

If the thought of exposing your children to the slightest dangerous situation makes you shudder, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Most parents wouldn’t dream of putting their children in harm’s way, at least not on purpose!

Unfortunately we live in a dangerous world.

As a parent, you must teach your children to navigate their way around dangerous situations to avoid a potential tragedy in the future.

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How to Live an Adventurous Life With Your Kids in Six Easy Steps

Do your kids crave adventure?

Would you like to live an incredibly adventurous life with your kids?

Are you willing to burst out of your rut to live it?

It’s not that complicated. Living a life of incredible adventure is something that anyone can do.

The problem is most of us overthink it. We spend too much time talking, planning and worrying about outcomes.

The key is to “just do it!” Just go after those things that inspire or even challenge you, and experience them with the people you love—like your kids.

In this article, I’ll share six tips I gleaned from Bob Goff’s book, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World, which inspires ordinary people like you and me not to just dream about doing things, but to step out in faith and start living life to the fullest.

Discover six tips gleaned from Bob Goff's book that will help you have more family adventures and live an adventurous life with your kids.

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

The theme of this book is love. Not the kind of love that stops at fuzzy thoughts and feelings. But the kind that takes action and makes an impact. This kind of love is not safe. It’s risky and beautiful and makes you do stuff.

The reason why Goff can speak of love and living incredibly at the same time is his own faith. His understanding of how God loves people empowers him to live a life of full engagement, adventure and excitement.

Regardless of your own beliefs, Love Does shares valuable lessons to help you live a more adventurous life with your family.

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How to Do a Library Scavenger Hunt Your Kids Will Love

Do your kids recognize your local library from the outside, but not the inside?

Has your family forgotten all the interesting things that a library can hold?

If your kids are like mine, you likely hear a round of “Awwww, Mom!” when you suggest a trip to the library to find some books.

But the public library can be a goldmine of fun discoveries for your curious little ones—not to mention a great outing when the weather is bad.

In this article I’ll show you how to explore your local library with your kids through a fun, engaging game they will adore.

Library scavenger hunt: how to explore your local library with your kids through a fun, engaging game they will adore.

Why a Library Scavenger Hunt?

As parents, we know the value of reading and developing a love of books. But sometimes getting your kids to appreciate the world of books can take a bit of creativity.

By introducing a game where your kids compete against each other and earn points for discovering library resources, you can gently nudge them into the world of literature without being pushy.

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7 Ways to Make An Art Museum Visit Fun for Kids

Do your kids race through museums with barely a glimpse at the art?

Do they spend more time in the gift shop than the galleries?

Give them a reason to stop and look, a mystery to solve, a connection to make with a masterpiece and they may start to appreciate art.

In this article I’ll show you 7 fun ways to get your kids to slow down and take a look at what’s in the art museum.

They may not become art aficionados in one visit, but they might just find something that captures their interests or inspires their imaginations.

Art museum fun: get your kids to slow down and look at what's in an art museum that will capture their interests and inspire their imaginations.

How Can I Get My Kids to Appreciate an Art Museum?

Art appreciation can be a hard sell for kids (and many grownups, too). Art is old and sometimes weird. Museums are big and quiet. How does a kid who only has 5 or 10 or a dozen years of experience in the world make a connection with something so intimidating?

The key is to get your kids somehow to own the experience of a trip to the art museum.

I’ll show you how.

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