Video Interviews With Kids

A few weeks ago, one of the students at the school where my husband teaches, asked me if I could ask my kids some questions for her child development class.  I said, “Sure!”

So the next morning, I got out my video camera and started asking questions to my three-year-old, Katie. It was hilarious!

It was so fun to hear how her little mind works.  I loved buy levitra american pharmacy seeing her creativity and her perspective of the world.  It gave me a bigger peak into who she is as a person. And once again, I realized how funny she is and how precious this time in her life is.

Here are the questions I was supposed to ask:

  • Why does it get dark outside?
  • Why does the sun shine?
  • Why is there snow?
  • Why is the grass green?
  • What are TV’s for?
  • Why do trees have leaves?
  • Why do stars twinkle?
  • Why does the sun move in the sky?
  • Where do boats go when it is nighttime?
  • Why is the sky blue?
  • What is the wind?
  • What causes thunder?
  • What makes it rain?

After doing the video (actually, after doing two—Katie wanted “more questions!”, I realized I wanted more too! I have always meant to scrap a “kid interview” layout and I even took photos specifically for that at one point, but I haven’t ever gotten around to it.  The nice thing about the video is that it saves the memories now! They only take a few minutes and can be done as often as I like. Even if I don’t ever get to scrapping them, I have them preserved.

In addition, by doing the interviews on camera, so much more of the story is preserved.  I can see her facial expressions, her tone of voice, her little quirks that make her who she is. I can hear her full answers, full of silly additions and irrelevant information.

A few days later, I grabbed her again with a new list of questions. I asked more about the things she liked and what she thinks of certain things in her life.  Once again, her little personality started to shine!  These little videos are the PERFECT representation of who she is at this stage.

What a precious memory!

Here is a list of some of the questions I asked:

  • What is your happiest memory?
  • Why do you like being a kid?
  • If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
  • What do you like to do for fun?
  • What was the nicest thing you have done for someone?
  • How old is your mom?
  • How old is your dad?
  • What is your favorite thing to do with mom?
  • How strong is your dad?
  • Who is your best friend?
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • Do you think you will get married?
  • Do you think you will have children? If so, how many?
  • What do you like about yourself?
  • What is your  favorite food?
  • What is something your mom always says to you?
  • What makes your mom happy?
  • What is your mom really good at?
  • How do you know your mom loves you?
  • Who is your best friend?
  • What is your favorite thing to play with?
  • What is your favorite food?
  • Are you scared of anything?

Obviously, your imagination (and the age of your child) is the limit with the kinds of questions you can ask.  But don’t wait.  Tomorrow, your kids will be a day older and their perspective on the world will have changed.  Capture the memory now!

If you need some more ideas for questions, try HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.

If you want to see some older posts from The Daily Digi about interviews, check them out HERE and HERE and HERE