Encourage your Budding Photographer

Summertime is a great time to explore a new hobby and introduce your child to a whole new world. Photography is the perfect solution. You can teach your child a great skill and reap the rewards of a summer full of pictures at the same time. I know if your child is anything like mine, he will want take pictures of everything at first (you brushing your teeth, your husband in his underwear, dirt…!) You may want to begin with a Polaroid camera so your child can see immediate results of his/her efforts. This might help your child begin to see the difference between a "good" photograph and a "bad" one. For example, it's more interesting to see a person's face than his/her behind!

Materials needed:

  • Portable camera
  • Child's plastic camera (available in many to, activity or variety stores) and uses real film
  • Polaroid camera with film
  • Photo albums and/or frames
  • Photo mats and glue (optional for collages)
  • Take a nature hike with your child. Take pictures of all the different flowers, animals and sights that your see. Teach your child to hold the camera in such a way that his/her fingers don't cover the lens.
  • Take a walk in the neighborhood, perhaps while you are making a neighborhood map, and have your child take pictures of interesting things you both see.
  • Take cameras with you to a family picnic. Instruct your child to just take pictures of people.
  • Take your camera to a birthday or graduation party. Let your child take pictures of a child opening presents or the graduate in his/her gown, etc.
  • When the pictures have been developed put them in a photo album or frame them (homemade or store bought frames). My son loves to walk around with his little photo album filled with pictures. Or, cut up pictures and make collages.
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