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Photography for Kids: Activities They Can Do!
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Photography for kids

One of my friends wants to give her son a project and thought a photography one would be fun! I love this idea and wanted to give you some ideas to do photography for kids.

You can purchase a child proof durable camera or if your children are older and a little more responsible you can purchase an inexpensive point and shoot.

Photography for Kids: Ages 3-5

You may not be able to teach them as many skills at this age but you can familiarize them with a camera and give them different activities they can do.

Activity ideas:

Learn their colors – Have the child walk around the house or outside and look for things of a certain color and photograph them.
Starts with… – Ask them to find objects that start with a certain letter and photograph them.
Their name – They could either find objects that start with the letters in their name or they could look for things that look like letters to make their name.

Photography for Kids: Ages 6-10

You can teach this age range even more about photography. Start with some basics in composition.
Rule of thirds
Limb chops
Leading lines
Fill the frame
Negative Space

You can tackle lighting as well.
Low light
Window light

Activity ideas:

Skill building – Before you give them an activity you can have them practice the skills you want them to learn. If you want to focus on composition, have them read the above posts. They can choose one skill a day. Ask them to create 3-5 images displaying that composition guide.
Story time – Have them take a photograph of anything and write a story about it. It could be of children at the park. Name the children and create a story behind them. This will help their language arts skills as well as their creativity
Scavenger Hunt – Create a list of 20 items they need to find in the house or in the yard. Hand over the camera and have them photograph the options as they find them. Be sure to throw in something of a challenge.
ABC’s - Have them photograph something that starts with each letter of the alphabet
Create a blog – You could give them their own corner of the internet. Feel free to keep their blog private for only family to view if you choose. They can post their images, add captions, and record what they are learning.

Feel free to take their photos and stories and compile them in a digital photo album for them. How excited would they be to have their own book of their own images!

What are some activities you have done with your children?

  • July 17, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    I love this idea, especially now that my little guy has a camera of his own!

  • July 17, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Good luck with your move, I hope everything will go as smooth as possible!!

  • July 18, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    I really like these ideas. I think they will make a fun week of activities for my kids before we start back to school!

  • July 25, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    What fantastic ideas! Both my older children have cameras of their own and have asked me to help them learn, now I have some great activities. Thank you!

  • July 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Awesome ideas!! Love the one about writing a story to go along with the picture. Makes each picture so much more meaningful.

  • July 31, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    My grandchildren love the scavenger hunt photo shoots. I always try and get them to be creative. This last time one of the things was glasses so my youngest 7 yr old made glasses out of rocks and sticks! They also had fun with a Barbie photo shoot- they posed them in different positions, changed their clothes and added other Barbies to make groups. It was a great way to get practice and their subjects never complained about changing clothes or getting hot!!

    • Courtney
      August 8, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      Love the idea of them photographing their Barbie! So clever!!! And love the willing model :O)

  • Hollie
    June 8, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Thank you so much for this idea! I have been wanting to do this with my 3 and eight year olds but had no idea where to start!

    • Courtney Slazinik
      June 10, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      Awesome! Hope you all have fun doing these activities!

  • September 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Hi Courtney,

    These are all very great techniques. I used some of them while teaching my own course on Kids Photography. Please feel free to share with your followers a special $10 off coupon with the coupon code ‘courtneysdeal’ or clicking this direct link: https://www.udemy.com/photography-for-kids-online-course/?couponCode=courtneysdeal

    Thanks for all your support and your great work!

  • February 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Wow! Had I learned the composition rules and the basics about lighting before the age of 10, as you recommend it, I probably would have evolved much faster in becoming a skilled photographer (while I liked to take travel photos, I had to learn the basic composition criteria while taking my professional certificate as a photographer before realizing what I did wrong and what I could do to improve my shots). Knowing these at a young age makes you have more time to practice and take advantage of every occasion you encounter for taking beautiful photos.

  • March 16, 2014 at 12:22 AM
  • March 16, 2014 at 1:49 AM

    my daughter photographs one thing a week that makes her happy and we plan on making a little book for her out of them.

  • March 19, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    These are great ideas, thanks for sharing. They will be so helpful with the career day presentation for my daughter’s classroom.

  • March 20, 2014 at 3:32 AM

    These are such great tips! Thank you so much- I will definitely use this with my daughter!

  • jim burns
    October 30, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Just started teaching photography to K – 5th graders…. these are some great ideas!
    Please keep them coming!

    • October 31, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      Thanks! Enjoy teaching those little ones.

  • tzoutzou
    November 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    can you suggest some gear for the new born photographers ?

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