Whether it’s poor manners, slacking on chores, or forgetting to feed the dog, most kids dodge responsibility from time to time. If you can catch your kid in the act on camera, we can help! Share short videos—2 minutes or less in length—of your child’s biggest behavior challenges with Parents, and selected submissions will received personalized expert advice. Send your video to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your child’s name and age and your daytime phone number, to enter.
Here are some best video practices to get you started:
It’s fine to film on your phone—in fact, it’s encouraged!
Set up your shot as if you were taking a photo.
Make sure there is plenty of light. Turn on several lights, if you are inside.
If you shoot handheld, use two hands to steady the phone. Or, use a table or a book to prop your phone up, to have a completely steady shot.
Audio is key. Make sure the phone is close enough to your kid so that you can hear him. And don’t be afraid to have your child repeat something he’s said.
Submission of your material constitutes permission for Meredith Corporation to allow its use in all media.
You’ll see and hear the show’s familiar opening credits (except everything is, of course, upside down) before two Muppets appear (Carson, the butler, and the Dowager Countess). Hilarity ensues as the Dowager Countess tries to have afternoon tea…but nothing will stay put long enough! This parody will officially air on PBS on Monday, Februrary 4.
Back in April, I blogged about the deliciously funny and clever “Book People Unite” video from Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). The video showcased various literary characters (Pinocchio, Curious George, Humpty Dumpty) along with media and music celebrities (Jack Black, Regina Spektor, LeVar Burton).
Reading Is Fundamental sent me the follow-up video below, an equally fun behind-the-scenes look at the making of the original. Several cast members are interviewed, including Raggedy Andrew and a very funny Big Bad Wolf, and there are snapshots of how the magical elements came together.
We’re so excited to share that we have over 100 new, fresh, and original videos about kid crafts and classic children’s songs. Get the whole family involved in some creative, musical fun!
In our Kid Crafts How-To Videos series, watch Eva, the arts and crafts instructor, as she demonstrates each craft in simple, easy-to-follow steps. With some adult supervision, have your kids make all 26 of our favorite Parents magazine and Parents.com crafts — like a cute clothespin giraffe, fuzzy pom pom pals, and a kaleidoscope-colored stained glass butterfly.
Entertain the kids more by teaching them fun and familiar nursery rhymes. In our Sing-Along Song Videos series, music instructor Lindsey plays a keyboard and teaches kids lyrics and melodies. After watching all 25 songs, your kids can show off their singing chops and hand movements by belting out “I’m a Little Teapot,” “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” and “Hokey Pokey.”
The contest will launch on February 8 and will have three categories: Being a Good Online Citizen, Using a Mobile Phone Wisely, and Maintaining Online Privacy. Individual and school entries will be awarded with prizes, but just one grand prize winner will receive $10,000.
Keep the whole family further entertained this holiday season with original short Christmas films (animated and live action) released by Shorts International. Each of the films are G-Rated, average 10-15 minutes long, and are produced by a variety of filmmakers from America, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Spain.
“Once Upon a Christmas Village,” an animated cartoon about a village trying to preserve the magic of Christmas, is voiced by actors Tim Curry and Jim Belushi. “Mr. Bojagi,” a live action film about a mysterious man with a mind-reading machine, stars legendary British actor Brian Blessed. Other films include ”Santa’s Little Helper,” about a young woman who finds love with the help of Santa’s elf, and “Santa’s Camels,” about Santa asking camels to help deliver toys to children in the Middle East.
Watch a trailer featuring clips from various movies below: