I’m rather proud of my children at the moment.
“I’m just going to read a book for a while,” I told the kids. “You guys watch telly or something.”
“You’re going to sleep,” accused Miss12.
I held up Exhibit A – a copy of William Goldman’s The Princess Bride.
“Then what’s this for?” I asked her.
“For pretending you’re going to bed to read?” suggested Miss12. Rudely, I thought. Correctly came to mind as well, because she did have a point. I’ve been reading this book in bed for nearly a week now and I haven’t quite finished chapter one.
“You kids just find something to do and don’t disturb me unless there’s smoke or tigers,” I told her.
And find something to do they did!
By the time I finished reading, Miss12, Master10 and Miss8 had filmed and edited a video where they played with a toy our family has been asked to review – QIXELS.
Unsurprisingly, it’s sort of like those Youtube videos where kids open a toy at the camera. My kids LOVE watching those, while personally I don’t see the attraction. On the bright side, though, this video is only short and Miss12 has edited out all the ‘umms’ of which, judging by the number of cuts in so many of the sentences, there were a few.
So the video below isn’t anything flash in terms of quality, but it is fun and real and totally without any adult input. Actually, it’s hell better than I would have done on so many levels. Plus, I get to simply share it and tick a box which says ‘job done’. How excellent is that?!
As for QIXELS, you’ll see from the vid how the kids genuinely loved them. Because the little blocks are squarish they make shapes a bit reminiscent of Minecraft characters, so the kids lapped (and are still lapping) up that aspect of it. They ended up with some fantastical monsters and Miss12 even decorated her laptop by going ‘off the grid’, spelling out her name and designing cute little hearts (which I got in trouble for thinking were Space Invaders). In fact, the templates which came with the sets were really just the starting point, and they were all soon creating their own beasts and patterns by placing the tiny, coloured blocks onto the design boards.
The sets the QIXELS people sent the kids to review included a water gun to spray the blocks into place (when they dry they stay stuck together) and a sort of clever lettuce spinner for drying their creations in super speedy time – both now considered essential in the making of things to decorate their laptops and drawers.
So here is my rather clever children’s rather clever video which is rather wonderful, if rather less sharp than it should be. I hope you enjoy it rather as much as I did…
…after I woke up from reading my book that is.
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