Taking a picture is so easy in today’s day and age but it is still an art form that needs to be taught. Whether your child has already shown an interest in photography or you want to show them why you love it, here are some activities that can teach the importance of a picture, the value of a memory, and how to think outside the box.
5. Scavenger Hunt and Photo Walk
Give your walk some purpose and give the kids cameras. With younger kids learning their letters or colours, have them take pictures of things they see that start with a certain letter or are a certain colour. For older kids, create a list to give them some inspiration and get them to think outside of the box. This activity gets your children outdoors but also encourages them to take in the world around them in a new way.
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4. Day in the Life Challenge
Are your kids complaining about doing the same thing every day? Get them to capture their daily routine in their photos and watch how their perspective changes. Suddenly a boring every day task becomes more exciting as they find new ways to capture the chore or task they dislike.
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3. Extreme Close Up Game
While out and about, have your kids take a picture of a random object and you do the same. This can be done on a phone or a camera. After you take a picture of the object, zoom into it extremely so it’s not completely obvious what it is. The first person to guess what the object is wins.
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2. Family Time Capsule/Photo Album
Sit with your kids and make a list of things that you enjoy doing as a family or physical thing that remind you of the family. Take photos of all of the things on the list and place them in a memory book so you can look back on it. This might be a good yearly project to see how your kids’ perception of the family changes over time.
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1. Pinhole Camera
Teach your kids the history of photography by making a pinhole camera. It’s also a great rainy day activity. This camera replicates the first camera that took a photograph and is fairly easy to replicate. Though this craft doesn’t take actually take photos, it can be nice to see where photographers started and to see things from their perspective. Here is a great tutorial from National Geographic Kids that explains the process of making a pinhole camera.
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