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The kids might usually roll their eyes when you (or their grandparents) start off a sentence with "When I was a child..." But we think this activity will be the exception to that. Whether it's just you and the kids today or you're seeing extended family, this video project is a great way to share and preserve family memories.

What you'll need:

  • Pen or pencil
  • Paper
  • Camcorder
  • Camera tripod (optional)

What you'll do:

Have (or help) your children write down questions for each adult about when he or she was a child. These questions can be as specific or as general as you want. For instance: What was your favorite stuffed animal? What was the name of your favorite doll? What TV shows did you watch as a kid? What was your favorite kind of birthday cake? Where did you go on vacation? What did you do with your grandparents when they visited you?

Select an "interview spot" in your house -- a big chair or sofa -- and set up the camera tripod in front of it. (If holding camera by hand, set a chair in front of the interview spot for the cameraperson to sit in.) Have the children sit with each adult being interviewed and ask their questions. (Remind them to let the adults finish their whole answer or story before asking the next question!) If your children are very young, Mom or Dad might need to ask the questions from off-camera -- but don't worry if the kids go "off script" and ask new questions as the adults tell their stories.

When all the adults have been interviewed, rewind the tape and watch it together. Consider making copies (on either video or DVD) as well -- these make great gifts for holidays, anniversaries and birthdays.

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