It doesn’t matter if you have young children or teenagers, making a wildlife video with your kids will not only be fun but teach them about wildlife at the same time! Firstly, your child will enjoy making the crafts for the video and secondly, long after the craft has to be thrown away, you’ll have something to enjoy watching again and again.
One of the best ways children learn is by teaching others, so this is one of those activities that will help children easily absorb the educational side of the activity too. Making a wildlife life cycle video and pairing it with books and other wildlife learning opportunities, like watching a video with real animals on film, all makes for a great educational learning tool!
I made this video with Miss Possum a while ago but I never explained how we made it. So I’m bringing it back for you all and showing you how easy it can be to make your own.
After making our crafts with a little bit of paint and creativity, we decided on a location for the video. We chose a nice big leaf because the caterpillar had to stick to the leaf for every frame.
Miss Possum was quite young when we made it, so I took over here but she did help to occasionally move the caterpillar for me. If your child is older, you can assist them with creating their movie or show them how to do it first and then let them plan their own prequel!
I didn’t use a video camera for this activity, instead I used my camera and took photos frame by frame, moving the caterpillar bit by bit to give it the sense of movement. If your child has had experience with a camera, then this is a perfect opportunity for them to use their skills.
As you take photos, try to delete the images that don’t work so that when you add them into a video editing program they will already be in order. It makes it a lot easier.
Once we’d taken all our photos, we used Windows Movie Maker to edit the images to create a movie. There are lots of tools that will help you to edit your movie depending what program you use.
We added a slide title to the start of the movie as a nice introduction, timed when each image clicked to the next to create that sense of movement and of course we added music. If you’ve never done this before, I’d suggest watching some movie maker You Tube tutorials (see links below). They helped me out immensely.
And then, our video was complete!
We loved this activity and will be creating another one soon. We still watch this video over and over again. Miss Possum not only created the craft and helped make this video but she learnt all about the life cycle of a butterfly and could share her crafty accomplishments with family and friends in a unique and educational way!