By GreatSchools Staff
Arm your kids with a video camera — something relatively inexpensive, like the Flip ($199), is fine — and let them try making their own films. For a more collaborative experience, gather a group of their friends, so they can assemble their own cast. Suggest they act out a scene from a favorite book, or let them work together to write a short screenplay. When they're finished with their film, family and friends make the perfect audience.
For deeper insights into the filmmaking process, parents can talk to children about famous film directors before watching a few of their kid-friendly films. While your young filmmakers might not produce the next 2001: A Space Odyssey, their movies should be a lot of fun for everyone, not to mention a unique chance to learn.
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