Photo Projects You Can Do With Your Children
If you're looking for a fun way to spend time with your family and capture some memories, then you should consider having fun with photography. It's always fun to take something you enjoy and share it with the people you care about most, so here are a few fun photo projects that your family will love.
While not the most complicated of activities, there is still great joy to be had in rounding up the family, heading to a scenic location like the beach or a local trail, and having everyone take pictures of the things they find the most interesting. This is really a low cost outing considering the only cost is a few disposable cameras, the cost for developing the film and a little bit for transportation. Plus, your family will have a lot of fun going on a photo taking adventure.
Creating a Photo Scrapbook
What better way to share the images that resulted from a photo outing than by creating a themed scrapbook together? You can make photo scrapbooks or photo albums on just about anything such as a holiday, vacation, special event or even a period of time like summer vacation. Let the kids create picture frames out of construction paper and decorate them with markers or stickers, and then let the family decide which photos go where. In the end, you'll be glad you took the time to create a wonderful book of memories that your whole family can enjoy.
Scavenger hunts can be an enormous amount of fun if you live in a safe area or can create a place that your kids can explore on their own. Give each family member a list of objects to find and photograph. You can make this activity safer by imposing a time limit - this will make it seem like a race but will also help to keep your kids on task and prevent wandering. Once everyone has returned, swing by the local photo shop and find out who won!
A Family Photo Story
A photo story is similar to a scrapbook, but is a little bit more involved. Essentially, you take a few photographs from a special time or an event, put them in chronological order, then work with your family to write captions similar to a children's book that tell the story of the event. You can do a photo story on just about anything like a new baby, new family pet, family vacation or anything else that's important to the family. Then, you you place each picture in a photo frame around the house for everyone to see.
If you have more time to take on a photo project, then a family documentary is a fantastic activity to spend time doing with your family. Decide on one person to be the "subject," then have the other members of the family follow them for a day and take pictures of what they do. You can include descriptions, interviews, and all sorts of other things you might see in a documentary about a person, except in this case everyone in your family is learning about each other instead of a movie star or musician. At the end of the project, you can put together all of your "mini biographies," interviews and pictures and create a nice family keepsake.
As you can see, there is no limit to the fun you can have when you get your family involved in photography. Try any of these ideas out and see what a great time there is to be had just in getting to know the people that you care about most. With these fun photo activities, you'll be amazed at the new things you can learn about your family members!