We are so thrilled to release this episode! Have we ever said that before? We love Cracks. We think it is our most artistic-inspiring episode yet. You’ll see it’s a very simple idea, and we hope you try something like this out–you’ll find it’s kind of addictive to find shapes and images and personalities in the most unsuspecting places.
One of our barometers we like to consider is if we think people will want to try the activity from the video. We’re pretty sure that Cracks will score high on that measure! We love Cracks and hope you do too. Watch Cracks now!
Here’s an episode that will prompt some positive reflection about your year, and help you articulate what stood out for you. Maybe you also improved your re-grouping, or made up some monsters? This episode is a good one (I know, I say that about every episode). We wanted to capture how a child thinks about the year, and how a card, once sent, takes on a life of its own. It feels festive and nostalgic at the same time. We hope it will inspire you to remember the highlights of your year.
Sometimes The Answer Is To Climb More Trees
Some people read books, some people play instruments, some people run marathons, and some people (like us) climb trees, very tall trees as you will see! Ropes and harnesses are involved in this brand new, never before seen episode, so if heights make you nervous, you should totally watch anyway because we think it’s pretty fun. Adventure is out there! Or up a tree, whatever. Watch Tree Climbing now!
We’re smack dab in the middle of fall, which is probably the best of all the 4 seasons. Argue all you want but whatever pumpkin laced baked good fall is selling, we want to buy every last bit. It’s Fall!! Some of our favorite episodes have been filmed in the fall, like Cider Farm, and Le Petit Chaperon Rouge, and Stacking Wood. We have brainstormed as well about several other episodes we would love to make, all in the spirit of fall.
While we plan on making some more fall-themed episodes in the future, we realized that our brainstorming sessions could be their own resource for families wanting to make the most of this season. Here are some of the ideas we’ve had for episodes, or even just an idea for some kind of magical fall scene. We aren’t making these this year, but we reserve the right to make one or more in the future… So think of this as one part Olive Us episode sketch ideas, and one part fun activities to do this fall. We’d love to hear your favorite Fall activities, especially if you have ideas for an episode that makes the most of this season!
Hayride- You gotta get on one of these. First of all, a hayride usually leads to a pumpkin patch where you can pick your own, bring it home, and carve it up, but we’ll talk more about that later. Kids love hayrides, it’s science! There’s the bumping along the dirt road, the jostling for seats, and simple thrills in the ride. Bonus points if your hayride of choice ends with hot apple cider and/or hot chocolate and donuts. Donuts are a must. Negative points for scary elements like haunted forests and headless horsemen. Though we like the eery, windy, and harvest-y elements, we’re not going for the scary, spooky, or creepy parts. Scarecrow: Yes. Vampire: No.
Visit to the pumpkin patch – Maybe we’re being a little obvious with this one, because where else will you procure the pumpkins for which to carve into jack-o-lanterns? The grocery store? Please. Get out there and find the real thing. They grow on vines, kids will totally dig it, and compete to find the biggest, weirdest, smallest, best overall pumpkin, but after the hayride of course.
Fall leaves – A good old-fashioned nature walk to look for leaves of unusual size and coloring is simple and lovely. It doesn’t need to take long, but once you or your child start looking closely at different leaves, a whole new world opens up. There’s a lot of variety out there so turn it into an adventure–maybe weave some leaves together, or make a fairy house. When you’ve got a pretty good selection, bring them home and do leaf rubbings or make pretty mobiles to hang from your now bare leafed trees. Nature + art = match made in heaven.
Bonfire – A good backyard bonfire is the perfect way to enjoy the season. Imagine the different faces looking at the bonfire and looking at each other–you feel some kind of connection with this ritual in connection to the harvest–like we’re basking in the bounty of what our work has produced. You could always take it one step further and have the aforementioned bonfire up in the actual mountains, that is, if you’re close to any. Mountains and bonfires are best friends provided all the proper precautions are in place of course: fire rings, extinguish fully when finished, that sort of thing. Safety first, we love safety! That being said, enjoy a s’more for Olive Us, really, it’s the least you could do.
Fall Baking – Some of our favorite things to make together seem to coincide with Fall. If you’re not baking apple pies with all of the seasonal apples, there’s something wrong with you. Just kidding! But we do love pie, don’t you? Nutmeg and cinnamon plus apples and sugar are a guaranteed family friendly treat. Get the kids involved! They’ll be eager beavers to get on the other end of that pie. Let us note that nothing smells as good as a warm kitchen with a pie or a loaf of pumpkin bread in the oven, you’re creating memories here! And if pumpkin’s not your jam then we’ve probably got bigger issues… Who hates pumpkin? That’s crazy talk.
And there you have it, a few Olive Us episode sketches/family fall favorite activities to carry you through the very best this season has to offer. Remember to bundle up, layers are your friend, it’s getting chilly out there! Have fun, stay safe, be awesome. Hooray for fall!
PS: If any of these inspire you to make a video, or go on an outing and take some photos, we’d love to see what you made. Send us your video or photos! Send to: email@example.com
Betty shows her pottery-work for the “I made this” campaign.
We’ve loved the response to “Oscar’s Project“. One theme we keep hearing is how empowering it is for kids (and people in general) to make things, and see others make things. We agree! And we want to celebrate it! We want to see your little makers in the act. Snap a quick pic or video with your child showing off his or her project and saying “I made this!”. We’ll compile the entries into a sort of Olive Us short video–with lots of kids showing off things they’ve made. We’re already doing flips we’re so excited to see what your hands have put together. We’d love to include you! Email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to get featured!
To enter: Take a picture or video of your child showing off his or her project. If you make a video, your child should say: “I made this.” –and that’s all. Though you can show what it is, or how it works in the video, please don’t describe what it is, or how it works. (Watch the video with Oscar for an example.)
If you take a picture, hold a sign that says “I made this” while also showing your item (see the picture of Betty for an example).
And that’s it! We would love to see what you have made! We think this video will be really inspiring for lots of people, and we would love to include you in it!
Hooray! Hooray! It’s Here! It’s Here! We’re thrilled to be releasing Oscar’s Project today. One of the aims of Olive Us is to show kids doing simple yet meaningful activities–activities that are meaningful to them. This episode highlights how a project that takes some planning and work brings Oscar pride and joy. What do you think his project is? Watch to find out!!
Hooray! Hooray! It’s Here! It’s Here! We’re thrilled to be releasing To the Sea! today.
The last episode we released was Saying Goodbye, And, as the name suggests, it was a farewell to a life in France; a life that launched Olive Us a few years ago. To the Sea! is taking our first steps–a bit shaky sometimes–into a new life. If life is a series of Hellos and Goodbyes, this is Hello. We love this episode, and hope you will too. Watch To the Sea! now!
Thank you for joining us for this new chapter! This is also the first episode filmed by Life in Digital. We met Gusto when we moved to Oakland, and he was so excited to be a part of the show, and to give it his own signature as well. We have loved working with him, and can’t wait for you to see what we’ve created together!
Hooray! We hope your summer has been amazing, and filled with your pick of relaxation and/or adventure!
Big News! We’re thrilled to be releasing a new video next week! Woo Hoo! It has been a while since we have released a new episode, but we’re really excited about this one, and all the new episodes we’ll be releasing over the next few months. We’ll be dropping some hints about the episode all week!
Here’s the first hint for what this next episode is about. You may recognize that this illustration is taken from a previous episode. If you don’t recognize it, maybe you should head on over and watch Tongue Twisters right now. OK, here’s the hint:
(Crab illustration by Rebecca Ricks).
What could it mean? Oh, what could ti mean?! Is the suspense too much? Yeah, it is for us too. We can’t wait!!! A new episode is almost here!