Spring Break is nearly here! The days are getting longer. The weather is getting warmer. It’s the perfect time to be outdoors. Why not get your child a disposable camera, or trust them with a digital camera, for Spring Break?
If you go away during the vacation, there will be lots of new things to capture on film. If you stay at home, challenge your child to find signs of spring. Along with the camera, how about a small, spiral-topped notebook and a pencil? They can write down info about their picture – things like why they took the photo or what they hoped to capture. Whether they write anything or not is not the point. The point is that they will be observing their surroundings with an eye out for the interesting details.
Nothing to photograph? How about a spider’s web? You can sprinkle a bit of water on it and it will be far easier to see. No spider’s web? How about an ant hill, or ants on the sidewalk? Don’t see any? Sprinkle something sweet and see who shows up for your picnic. Spiders and ants not doing it for you? Sprinkle some bread crumbs and wait for the birds to arrive. No nature to be found? Photograph the cars and busses at a street light. Take a picture of a sign at different times of the day to see the way the sunlight hits it. There’s got to be something to take a picture of.
When the film is developed or the images are transferred to your computer go through them with your child. Then make a mini album out of their favorite shots.