I don’t remember when exactly it happened, but my son is completely obsessed with YouTube. He uses 98% of his computer time surfing the videos on there with my YouTube account. During that time I’m constantly worrying about what he’s watching and what he might happen upon. If you’re a parent you know exactly what I’m referring to.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve checked in on him only to find him looking at something he really shouldn’t be. Who puts that stuff on YouTube anyway?! How’s a mom suppose to get any work done when you can’t trust the computer to babysit your kids? I’m kidding. Kind of. I do need ways to entertain the kids while I’m working though. If not they turn into demanding, whiny brats who only have 1 word in their vocabulary: “Mom.” Tell me you’ve never gotten sick of hearing “Moooooooooom” 100 times in one day and I’ll tell you “Just wait, you will.”
I’ve tried many things to keep them occupied:
Crafts – I always have to stop what I’m doing to unglue someone from something or someone. Or to clean up a mess someone has made. Or call poison control because someone ate something they shouldn’t have.
Music – What they consider music and what I do are 2 separate things. I always end up with a headache. Or crying. Or both.
Video Games – When it’s 2 or more of them I have to constantly break up fights. When it’s just 1 I am always waiting to hear something break from a controller being thrown at it.
When I first heard about the LEGO® YouTube Channel a light went off in my head. Since he’s completely obsessed with LEGO® products, we could create a playlist just for him. That way he would be entertained and I would have peace of mind knowing what he’s watching is appropriate.
I showed my son the LEGO® YouTube Channel and he was instantly engaged. He saw LEGO® Ninjago and that was really all it took. That’s one of his favorite TV shows, and he has several of the building sets. For him to be able to watch new shorts with his favorite characters was a win/win situation.
Making a playlist just for him was fun, and rewarding. We got to spend quality mother/son time together and I got to learn more about his interests. I never knew he knew so much about LEGO® Heroica. I didn’t even know what it was, but he filled me in. I actually enjoyed watching the 3 (ish) minute shorts with him and catching up. Who would have thought there would be such interesting stories associated with these LEGO® playsets?!
Here’s the LEGO® playlist my son has been enjoying:
Feel free to copy our playlist or create your own with your kids (here’s the direct link to our playlist). There are over 500 LEGO® shorts available – and there’s something for everyone. They even have instructional videos for the LEGO® games.
The beauty of the LEGO® playlist is it travels with us. When we’re on the road he has the tablet or phone watching the playlist. The episodes are short enough to hold his attention and there’s so many available that he’ll never run out of options.