Fun Photo Projects for Kids
If you are a parent of young children, you know how hard it can be sometimes to find fun activities to do with your kids, that can compete with their use of the TV and Internet for their attention. As you may have seen, in yourself and others, when kids grow up, their fond memories of childhood often involve activities they did with their parents. Activities that involve photography will be enjoyed by almost any kid these days. Almost everyone has a digital camera or a cell phone with a camera, so it can be an inexpensive medium for project to help you bond with your child. They might also learn a few new skills or gain a love for the art of photography along the way. Here are a few ideas for fun photo projects.
Make photo gifts for friends or family
Customized gifts that have your own photos make wonderful birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Christmas gifts. Family photos and snapshots can be displayed in many ways other than inside a frame on a wall or desk. You could print photos on stickers and place them on a decorative item, or even use an iron-on transfer to make a t-shirt. Or you could print photos and print them on plain copy paper and let your child cut out photos and create a collage. For something a bit more polished, you could use the tools available at Shutterfly (also check out discounts from Groupon Coupons for Shutterfly), to make items such as calendars, coffee mugs or photo books.
Make photo albums
Make either print or online photo albums with photos the child took. The photos could be of anything, such as a family photos, photos from a trip, pets or something that the child enjoys. For example, you could go for daily or weekly walks and look for birds to photograph. Then the child could make an album of the best pictures of each species of bird. The child could learn how to identify birds and learn about their habitats, over the course of the project.
Make funny Memes
There are many free, easy-to-use software programs and apps for putting captions on photos or for adding cartoons or decorations to photos. Have some laughs with your child by making fun and silly photo memes, to send to friends and family or to post on social media. Along the way, you can talk with your child about what makes something either mean or funny and what is appropriate or not to post online. It will help their socialization skills in this modern age.
Photograph the very small or abstract
Young kids often seem to be living life at high speed all the time. Getting them to slow down can be both a mental relief to a parent, but can also stimulate new kinds of thought in a child. Macro photography can be a fun project or hobby for children and it can help them become interested in science and biology. You can get detailed photos of very small objects or living things in several ways. Your child could use a camera with a zoom or macro lens. You can also get an inexpensive snap or clip-on macro or microscope lens for a cell phone. These are available on Ebay for less than $10 an can zoom up to 60x and have a built in light. For a bit more, you can even get a traditional style microscope that can take photos.
Once your child gets started photographing the very small, you may be amazed at what they will notice. You may end up with photos of everything from a bug or blade of grass to an ultra-closeup of the dog’s nose. A fun game to play is the “What is this a picture of?” game. You and your child could take photos of the very large or very small at interesting angles or in abstract ways and see if you can guess what the fun photo is picturing. It is a fun game that encourages critical thinking, creativity and can make for lots of laughs.
Be creative and you can show your child that a camera can do much more than take selfies. You can encourage your child’s creativity and intellectual development and make lots of good memories along the way!