I wrote about the basics of introducing a camera to your preschooler earlier this year. Here are some photography projects to try to keep your child interested and improving …
- have a scavenger hunt – find things that are blue, things that start with the letter G, things with wheels, you get the idea
- take pictures and create a photo book (similar to a scavenger hunt but with a book product)– for example take photos for a counting book, a book about colours or take photos of groups of objects and create an “I Spy” book
- have your child document a day in their life
- take photos during a special outing and write a story to accompany the pictures, at the end of this post you can see the story my son and I created after visiting a local wildlife park.
- have your child take photos of the same subject using a variety of different angles
- take photos of the members of your family to create a family tree
- print the photos and make albums or photobooks
- frame their best photos
- email photos to family and friends or post them on a blog (for example, my son and I wrote about our visit to a wildlife park and emailed it to our family – you can see the story below)
- photo printing services can put a photo on a t-shirt, or a bag, a cup, a keyring, just about anything really
- print a photograph (for the best results at a large size)and cut it up to create a photo puzzle. For more fun, you could use these instructions from Photojojo to create a photo puzzle to be sent piece by piece through the mail and put together at the other end.
- mix and match photos to create a funny photo book, instructions are here at the HP website
- upload some photos to Flickr. You can then use tools such as those at BigHugeLabs to create fun things with your photos, such as mosaics, magazine covers or a pop art poster.
Today we went to the crocodile park.
Mum and I took photos.
We saw crocodiles. One snapped his jaws.
We also saw alligators.
We saw turtles.
We saw a wombat.
We saw emus and ostriches.
We saw an ocelot.
We saw a tiger.
We saw kangaroos and wallabies. The mummy kangaroo has a joey in its pouch.