We all know how important it is to inspire our kid's imaginations and creativity. When we have to spend a lot of time indoors, we can easily exhaust our lists of stimulating activities.
Your children can gain self-confidence, improve their creativity, and build better communication skills through photography. We live in a visual world and photography is a universal language that can be understood by anyone in the world.
So we wanted to give you some activities that will inspire your children to be the next generation of budding photographers!
1. Play with forced perspective
Forced perspective photography is a technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. It's a really fun project for kids to get stuck into! Take a look at the examples below and see if you can recreate them yourselves...
2. Photo Scavenger Hunt
A photo scavenger hunt is a fun game for all ages in which participants compete to be the first to complete a list of photo-based tasks in a limited amount of time. Come up with your own tasks or print off the list we put together to get started...
3. Help them learn their ABCs & 123s
This one is great for the younger kids. Get them to look around the house and photograph an object that begins with A, then B, C and so on until they complete the alphabet - some letters are harder than others!
You can also do the same activity to help with their numeracy. Write a list of 1-10 on a piece of paper and task them with finding an object in the house with that quantity e.g 1 front door, 2 teddies, 3 cupcakes, 4 dining room chairs, 5 apples, six eggs and so on...
4. Can you guess what it is?
This is one the entire family can get involved in! One family member should (secretly) photograph an object up close. The closer you get to the object, the harder the game will be. Once they've taken the photograph, they should show the rest of the family and see if they can guess what it is!
5. Shoot a Toy Story
Have your child arrange a scene with their toys — a Lego policeman chasing a bad guy, say — in such a way that you can guess what’s going on from their photo. Focusing on communicating the action to you helps boost their storytelling skills. You could take a series of photos, print them off and write captions for each photo to create your own storybook!
If you give any of these activities a go, be sure to share your results with us on Social Media - we'd love to see the photos you've taken!