Cuddlebug and Bearhug have been using MS Powerpoint at school, so they were excited to discover that we have the same program at home.
Cuddlebug was especially eager to try out all of the "Microsoft Office features" on the computer :) and proceeded to put a shortcut to every. single. one. of them on his desktop. In Powerpoint, they made slideshows using clipart found in the clipart gallery that comes with the program.
And of course, Bitty follows his big brothers around watching them, and loves to do whatever they're doing.
So he started playing around with "Mic-er-scoff Office Pow-point" too. He pulls in pictures, either from the clipart or from his own photos that we've uploaded from "his" camera (I let him use my old one since he likes to take pictures). More often than not he makes his slideshows with either 7 or 17 pages (his favorite numbers). He loves to print them out to make booklets or just cut out the pictures (great fine motor practice!).
Thought I'd share some samples of their work here. I changed the boys' names on the Butterfly one but otherwise left it all as they had it.
Cuddlebug and Bearhug:
This one is only two slides, but keep clicking - they added animations :)
This one reminds me of the comics they like to draw, lol.
Bitty did these ones (with a little help from Mom but the ideas and most of the work were all his):
A collection of pictures he took of several of the Mii's from the "Check Mii Out Channel" (Kevin Henkes is apparently a children's author, Bitty put his name on several of his booklets and I had no idea who it was so I looked him up). As you can see, he mostly likes the Miis with the pictures where their faces should be (creeps me out *shivers*)
One of many "Shape" books - the object is to identify the shapes in each pictures
More shapes - he added his own words in this one (typed it all himself too).
FYI - on slide 6, "GAW" stands for "Game and Watch"
He figured out you can make the pictures move... this is where I had to help him a little but I basically just did what he told me (he was *very* particular about how he wanted each picture to move). As you can see he especially liked making them spin :).
You may recognize Kirby and the clown from Baby Newton on the cover :).
Just FYI - when it says "the end" it's actually not, he decided to keep going after he put those in.
Sometimes I have to do some work at home and lately he's taken a keen interest when he sees me working in PPT.
"Are you using Pow-Point?"
"Do you wike Mic-er-scoff Pow-point?"
"Are you putting pichers in you Pow-point?"
"No, no pictures in this one, baby."
"Can you go to slideshow?"
"Not yet, I'm still working on it."
... he pauses to look at the graphs I'm updating.
"Iss dat a picher?"
"It's a graph."
"Are you gonna make it spin???"
(I admit I had to laugh at the prospect of sending my boss a presentation with spinning graphs, lol)
"Umm... no, I'm not going to make it spin."
"Do you want to make you graph spin?!" (he's persistent)
I was eager to finish so I could spend some time with him doing something other than discussing the possible rotation of graphs, so I managed to change the subject.
I suppose next time I'm going to have to make the graphs spin and show him in slideshow mode so he can check it out ;).