This post was inspired by all of the amazing moms and teachers who are sharing activities that we can do at home while this Coronavirus pandemic swirls around us. It feels surreal to be dealing with this, but it’s where we’re at so I wanted to contribute to the positivity and offer some fun photo activities you can do with your family or have the kids do on their own during down time from home schooling. You can even build it in to their lesson plan if time allows.
1. Indoor Scavenger Hunt. Come up with 10 or 20 items in your home to find and take a photo of. Don’t have time to make a list, use mine!
2. Backyard Scavenger. Thankfully we’re headed in to warmer weather and can get outside most days so this will be a fun one for the kids to stretch their legs and you to get some fresh air. Just like the indoor scavenger hunt, choose 10 or 20 items for your child to find outside in your backyard. Or make it a family affair and go on a walk through the neighborhood. Click here for a list of items that are already done for you or create your own!
3. A Day in the Life. This photo activity will end up being a neat way to document this extraordinary time in our lives. Set an alarm for every hour. When it goes off, stop what you’re doing and take a photo. Don’t worry about light or composition, just record your day as it is.
4. Letter Hunt. There are a couple of ways you can do this. The first is having your kids find objects that begin with every letter of the alphabet either indoors or out. Another way to play is to pick one letter and photograph only objects that start with that letter. You can also have them find the letters of their name to photograph.
5. Fun with Shadows. Wait until it gets dark and grab a flashlight to shine on the wall. See what kind of silly shadows you can make. Or if you have bright sun shining in somewhere, look for shadows throughout the house.
6. Mystery Object. The idea behind this photo activity is to pick an object, take a close up of that object, and then show it to a sibling or parent and see if they can guess what the object is. Give them clues on where to find it to make it more fun.
7. Tell a Story. Grab a stuffed animal or doll and pretend they are going on an adventure. Take photos that would give the viewer clues about what’s going on in the story. Use other toys to set up little scenes and have them tell you the story alongside the photos.
8. Silly Selfie. Try something out of the ordinary like your reflection or include part of your body, but not your face.
9. Play with Angles. Pick an object and photograph as many different angles as you can think of. Up high, down low, close up, far away, from the side, etc. This is a great way to teach kids how to see things from a different perspective.
10. Color Fun. Similar to the letter hunt, there are several ways you can do this. Pick one color and photograph it. Or have your kids find the colors of the rainbow in your home.
11. Funny Faces. Grab someone who is willing to be photographed and ask them to make as many funny faces as they can in 20 seconds. Then create a collage. Or you could create a time lapse video for more fun.
12. Photograph a Routine. Pick a specific routine and photograph just that. An example might be breakfast. Things of things you can capture. What you’re eating. Where. Who you’re eating with. Details of utensils. Crumbs on the table. Try to photograph from start to finish.
13. Happy Captures. Have your children photograph everything that makes them happy. This is a great way to teach about gratitude. Tell them it can be anything that brings them joy – their favorite cereal, book, blanket, toy. This might be a good exercise for you too mama!
14. Capture the Action. Capturing action in camera can be tricky especially if you’re using a smartphone. A lot of the time your photos will end up blurry, but it’s fun to practice. Have your kids jump on the bed, off the couch, or with each other if you’ve got more than one. Let them each take turns photographing each other and see if they can freeze the action without any blur. Have them get creative with the action too. Give them silly ways to jump and they’ll have a blast.
I hope these photo activities are helpful to those of you who are looking for activities to do with your little ones or even the older ones who might get bored and restless being home all day. These are also fun for the whole family and can create ways for you to connect with each other and make lasting memories. I’d love for you to share this with other mamas. And if you love photography and want to continue the conversation, sign up for my newsletter and grab the free guide I created for capturing natural smiles from your kiddos. I’ve also got an online course you can join to learn more about how to document your family and life at home more creatively.