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June 2017

How to Start Preschoolers with Photography

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Does your phone camera gallery include 99 million selfies of your little one? Chances are the answer is yes, especially since there are many children advanced with basic technology. If you haven’t thought about introducing your preschoolers to photography yet, you may be missing out on lots of fun — it’s a portable activity that goes anywhere.

Photography builds motor, visual, and creative skills — all as it opens small eyes to the wonders of the world. Digital cameras also give kids just the instant feedback they love, for a quick boost in confidence as they learn and improve.

Get Started

Start by teaching kids how to hold the camera. Kneel to their level to look at the view screen with them. Show them how to click the shutter. If they have problems holding the camera still, rest it against a doorway, windowsill, or chair.

If kids need more help understanding the idea of framing a picture, use an empty picture frame, holding it up so they can see how to fit objects and views inside. For first shots, keep it simple. Flowers or favorite toys are good subjects. Review the shots with the child until they get the hang of it.

Photo Adventures

After they master the basics, young photographers are ready to go on assignment. Take them on photo hunts for favorite colors, clouds, birds, people wearing baseball caps — you name it — or they do! Take cameras on outings like a visit to the zoo or to a grandparent’s house. Older kids might ask grandparents about objects that are special to them, such as something given to them by their own grandparents that they’d like to have photographed. The act of photography itself can open a door to family stories, all while making new memories with the youngest generation.

Be sure to find ways to use children’s photos in crafts, framed and hung, as gifts, as cards, screen savers or in scrapbooks. Kids can use their photos to write stories, whether on paper or digital devices. Encourage them to create a memory book that journals the world through their eyes at various ages, which they can share with their own children in years to come.

Photography is a rewarding way for children to explore their world and share their vision with others.

Photo Gifts for Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is just around the corner and that means it’s time to hit the craft table! This holiday is the perfect opportunity to let your child be artistic while creating a meaningful gift that’s sure to be cherished for years to come.

We’ve found some great DIY Father’s Day gifts for you and your child to work on together. Use your favorite portraits of your child or your Teddy Bear Portraits school pictures for the perfect personalized gift. Be sure to allow your child to help choose the pictures used. Letting them assist with the creative details will add that personal touch.

  1. Photo Key Chains

    These key chains are a perfect gift for any Dad out there. The ideas are endless! Your children can be super creative with it, starting with choosing the picture, to decorating the backside with fun scrapbook paper, stickers, or sayings.

  2. Photo Messages to Dad

    This blog shows great examples of various ways for you to photograph your children holding up messages to their father. This is great for siblings, but will also work perfectly for an only child. If you can, have your child help write the message you choose, this will help include them in the process. After your photo shoot, just create a collage, and pick out a nice frame.

  3. Customized Picture Frame

    Creating a customized picture frame allows you to display your favorite picture of your child in a personal way. You and your child can work together to decorate the frame with something they think their Father will enjoy. Have fun with it, don’t be afraid to be creative.

These ideas are guaranteed to make any Father or Grandfather smile this Father’s Day! Don’t be afraid to let your child participate, their personal touches are what makes these gifts so wonderful.