Kids Create 808 is a growing collection of instructional videos to engage kids in the creative literacies!

These videos are designed as LESSONS for KIDS of all ages to ACTIVELY follow along and stretch their “creativity muscles” during these challenging times of social-distancing.

Kids Create 808 is designed as a resource for:

  • Classroom teachers to use the videos directly in their instruction
  • Classroom teachers to use as a way to launch creating their own lessons
  • Parents who want screen time to include active, creative participation for their kids

These lessons are designed for students to:

  • Explore movement through dance
  • Feel connected to self, to the world, to nature
  • Draw, paint, collage
  • Connect to Hawaiʻi through storytelling
  • Learn to read art
  • Design creative science notebooks and
  • Record the world around us
  • Notice blessings and feel inspired
  • Inquire & wonder!!

Our creative literacy videos are made for and by our Hawaiʻi community of educators and teaching artists. 

All of our contributors are from Hawaiʻi, area code 808. Our wonderful local teachers and teaching artists are authentically and generously sharing their inspiring work to help KIDS CREATE! Mahalo to all of our teachers and teaching artists! Mahalo to the Hawaii State Department of Education, Maui District, for your enthusiastic support!

Recently added videos

3D Shapes with Color [grades K-5+]

Have you ever thought about how much art is in math and how much math is in art?  In this lesson learn about this and more as we draw 3D shapes and add color to create brilliant transparent forms! [length 2:43]

How to Draw a Nene [grades K-5+]

These are one of Maggie’s favorite birds to see when she hike in Haleakala National Park, and she get so excited when she sees them elsewhere on Maui too! In this video you can see how to find the lines and shapes that make a nene and draw one too! [Length 2:30]

SHAPE! Elements of Art with Tim Garcia [grades K-5+]

Learn about the tools Tim Garcia uses to carve incredible sculptures out of stone, metal, and wood. He is always thinking about the element of art of SHAPE. Find out how you too can sculpt your own work of art, even if you don’t have a giant block of marble! [length 11:41]

Social Studies E.L.L [grades 3-8]

In this lesson, students use the drama strategy “snapshots” to create an image and embody a vocabulary word. The main lesson compares the prehistoric beelzebufo ampinga with modern day South American Horned Toad. The last part of this lesson is a Learning Log where students will write an informational paragraph comparing and contrasting the two organisms, along with other creative assignments to engage learning. [length 16:33]

The video description on youtube includes lots of great notes and ideas for teachers, so be sure to check those out.

Note: This lesson was originally created to supplement the secondary reading intervention program The Third Quest. This lesson could also support NGSS standard 3-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity or Social Studies Historical Understanding: Change, Continuity, and Causality – Understand change and/or continuity and cause and/or effect in history.

Science: Things That Move Have Energy [grades 3-5]

Things that move have energy. In this lesson we are going to look at sails. We will be thinking about, wondering about, and talking about art in order to learn about motion, size, and energy. Use the worksheet to help guide you. [length 5:05]

It’s a good idea to watch the video “Social Studies: Canoes” before this science video.

Worksheet for this lesson

Social Studies: Canoes [grades 3-5]

This lesson is a fun one – we will be building and engineering something. We will use art to help us learn and think about what we will be engineering. We will read and think about three pieces of art and then build a wa’a. Use the worksheet to help guide you. [length 5:10]

Worksheet for lesson

STEAM: Lemon Battery [grades 2-5]

In the first video (parts 1-2 of the lesson) we will write in our science notebooks. We will plan an experiment and make and test a lemon battery to help understand how a battery works. 

In the second video (parts 3-5 of the lesson) we will learn how to build and test a lemon battery to power a calculator and help us understand how a battery works.

The bonus video is a short clip of this Introductory phenomenon- how does the voltage of a AA battery compare to a lemon? What is happening inside each?