Yes, she’s on YouTube … watching herself. The kids were barely three and five when I set up a simple YouTube channel for them. (It’s called Playtime with Dexter & Rosey, if you have YouTube-obsessed children who might want to watch our family’s silliness).
Our first video was seven-and-a-half minutes of the three of us playing with Playmobil toys. The plot was simple: a little girl named Becca goes to the fair with her mom and they start going on rides.
Let’s just say I know what children find funny, and it’s making little plastic people pretend to retch over the side of a ferris wheel. And somehow there were farm animals going to the bathroom on people, too. It’s quite embarrassing, but clearly it worked, judging by the soundtrack of giggles.
It currently has 856 views, which is a lot considering some of our other videos have less than 10 views.
Since that first video, we’ve shot a Smoothie Challenge — a popular style of YouTube video where Barbies hold numbered scraps of paper that match up with numbered bags of “mystery ingredients.” There’s lots of squealing as the kids unbag fruit and yogurt (I wouldn’t let them use pickles and dog food, like cooler YouTube moms) and add them to the blender. It’s kind of like a cooking show slash game show for the preschool set.
We’ve recorded “unboxing” videos where they open Surprise Eggs, blind bags, and LOL Surprise Dolls. I must admit, it is a little exciting to see what’s inside —even as the adult who’s just trying to hold her iPhone still.