Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Five Photography Projects to Do with Kids

Although clay is our first love, we've found some photography ideas worth sharing. They even inspired us to come up with a few ideas of our own. One advantage today is how easy digital camera make it for kids to take high quality pictures. Plus, you don’t have to worry about wasted film so give your child some simple ideas and watch their imaginations run free. Here are five fun photography activities to try.

1.  Nature Art – Kids are familiar with drawing stick people. How about photographing stick people. Check out this idea at Putti Prapancha and send your kids outside with their camera to assemble interesting characters on the sidewalk that make great photographs.
Putti Prapancha - Nature Art - Leaf and Stick People
2.  Photo Scavenger Hunt – Create a list of common neighborhood or household items and set your kids loose to photograph the list. This can be a competitive activity for a group of children to pursue if you’re hosting a play date or a getting together with family. It can also be an activity for a leisurely walk around the neighborhood or a way to break up the monotony of a rainy day inside.
3.  This idea from new city art is a great way to teach kids perspective using a camera. You can use any sort of miniature but I think the animals Shannah used with her 5th grade students add an element of humor and playfulness to the activity.
new city art - fifth grade photography
4.  Teach your child about photography, reporting and documentaries with this Photo Journalist for a Day activity Christie Burnett, of Childhood 101 shared recently on her blog. Pick a fun assignment, like a trip to the zoo or the park, and recruit your ace reporter. The assembled photos and captions can make a fun keepsake.
Childhood 101 - Photo Journalist for a Day
5.  Photographic rainbow collage – Instead of focusing on the content, have your child focus on photographing color. Ask them to find five or six items of the same general color. Then print the photos and assemble them as a collage of color. Or, if your child’s a bit older, you can use a digital photo editing tool like picasa to create a collage to share with family and friends via email or file share. We'll post the one we made later this week...

Do you have other photography projects your kids enjoy? Please share!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing our nature people! Loved all the other ideas and now you have inspired me to let my daughter do the photography more!