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Passing on the Baton

Sometime in the Spring me and my 15 year old son, Finn, were brainstorming of how he could use his gifts to teach others and bring in a little income.  For years Finn has been doing stop motion photography using his legos to create short animated films.  It seemed natural for him to use these passions to teach others this unique skill.  He was so excited about the thought of having a lego animation workshop, so right away we began planning.  

He planned the schedule for the workshop and took initiative finding storyboard templates online to print out. He even made a great power point for the kids!  We had five boys sign up which was a perfect amount.  They were great kids and they all had some serious enthusiasm for legos!  They were so excited about learning how to put them into action and Finn was eager to share with them tricks of the trade, and to teach him all he knows.  

I sat back and watched him lead these boys as they all shared what their names were, and of course, who their favorite lego mini figures and super heroes were:)  

They learned how to create storyboards to plan out there movies, all the while chatting about super heroes, legos, and other boy related things.

I built these cubbies for the boys out of blue cardboard and we gave them each a lego base plate and lamp to use.  Finn built each of them an iPod/ iPhone holder out of legos that attached to their base plates so that they could could be hands free while shooting.  

They got busy building their lego scenes with our plethera of legos and with some of their favorite lego people and props they brought from home.

They were so excited to see their legos come to life on their screens and they all got to watch each other's movies at the end of the workshop.  This workshop was a total success and we hope that this will be the first of many more to come!

I loved being able to pass the baton on to my son and to teach him that he has something to offer  people!  I believe that we all have something to offer each other, we just have to value these things in ourselves the same way that others value them.  This is where the struggle lies, and I wanted to show Finn how good it feels to share your passions and gifts with others.  I couldn't have been prouder of him.  Here is his stop motion workshop trailer he made to advertise this class.  If you would like to see more of his movies, visit his youtube channel at FinnToybox.  If you are interested in you or your son joining in another workshop like this, please fill out the form HERE and let me know so we can keep you updated on future workshops!