MAKE A RECORDING
• Recording device such as a camera or phone
• Cosy area to set as a stage
• Notepad and pen
• Interview questions
There are options for how to do this. You can either take the role of the interviewer, in or out of shot. Or you can all huddle into the frame as a family and each take a set of questions, so that you play the interviewer and interviewee as well. Whatever you choose, you’ll need a set of questions. See our list of question ideas below. It’s fine to go off on tangents in response to your child’s answers as it can open up the conversation, adds more detail and often reveals the thinking behind their views.
• Name and age?
• What is your favourite colour?
• What thing are you really good at?
• What is your favourite toy?
• What do you want to do when you grow up?
• What pets do you have?
• What is your favourite book?
• What is your favourite TV series?
• What is your favourite film?
• What is your favourite animal?
• What do you want to learn?
• Do you know any other languages?
• Can you sing your favourite song?
• What is your favourite outfit?
• Which toys do you play with most?
• What is your favourite memory?
• What is your favourite drink?
• What is your favourite food?
• What do you love most about yourself?
• What is your favourite family activity?
• What makes you really happy?
• What advice would you give your future self?
Set up a comfy spot for the interview. The sofa is an ideal place to fit everyone on, but a bedroom is good too, giving kids the chance to look back in the future at books, posters, toys and games in the background. If setting up elsewhere, pop a few favourite toys or cuddlies in view of the camera as seeing much-loved toys again is just as important as the answers to the questions.
Record, store, copy
A video camera may seem clunky, but at least it means you don’t need to worry about balancing your phone. Whatever you use, be sure to back up –or you could send the file to family, or someone you trust completely, and ask them to save it for a rainy day.
• Ask your child to hold up any recent drawings or art projects for the camera
• Let your child choose the location of the interview to make them feel more comfortable
• Try an outdoor interview, perhaps on a family holiday when you’ll all feel more relaxed
• Turn the tables and suggest your child is the interviewer. You may be amazed at what you said in years to come