Go on, grab your camera! Let me help you inspire your little ones to fall in love with photography, with these 6 photography activities for kids.
Photography is a brilliant way to engage children in technology, computing and the environment. The visual and physical skills needed to take their first snaps are perfect to help develop those creative minds.
You don’t need a fancy camera or loads of space to enjoy these activities – a mobile phone and a small outside space will do. The activities and fun on offer are sure to stop little ones moaning ‘But there’s nothing to do’ and provide a few hours of entertainment while you get on with juggling work and home schooling during the coronavirus lockdown.
What camera does my child need?
Any camera will do! Nowadays you can take photos, not only on point-and-click cameras, but on mobile phones and tablets. So grab your iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy or Vtech Kidizoom and get started.
As a mum of two, with a love of photography, I’ve crowdsourced these activities with the help of my wonderful teacher parents (yes they taught me at school!) and friends to give the community a photography based project that all parents can access.
Have fun and make a difference
I’ve made this a free resource to not only help parents but to also raise much needed funds for a local Berkshire charity. As the economic impact of Coronavirus hits families, First Days Children’s Charity are expecting demand for their services to increase. If you are able to make a donation, big or small, to help make a difference to young children in poverty across Berkshire I believe we can help give every child the same start in life.
Photography for Primary School aged kids
In my book ‘6 Simple Photography Activities for Kids‘ you’ll find the following:
- Camera Colouring Challenge
This is a fun way for kids of all ages to develop good finger grip, colour recognition, hand-eye coordination and concentration. When children create something that’s cool or beautiful, this will help create a sense of pride and achievement.
- Photography Wordsearch
Word searches are a brilliant way to expose children to new vocabulary, and here they will also find definitions of the most popular words used by photographers.
- Let’s Take a Selfie
This helps kids to get creative and really think about what one image can capture who they are.
- Photo Challenge Cards
This activity will help your child to identify colours, shapes and textures. It’s really easy to customise, so if your child has a passion for the outdoors, how about changing the cards to take a picture of: a flower, different leaves, an insect and an interesting rock.
- Camera Fact File
This is a great way to engage your children and have them actively searching for information on cameras, building their information gathering and research skills.
- Story Time
Through stories children are able to learn more about life, the world, and themselves. This sequencing activity helps children to understand their daily routine so they can become independent.
P.S. Share your photos at #happysnappykids to receive 20% off your session fee.