Photography can be a springboard for so many different academic endeavors, whether it is exploring nature, learning the alphabet, challenging our ideas, or creating a masterpiece. These ideas for summer photography projects will help inspire the creativity in all ages of children. Try a few and enjoy the experiences together!
- Self Portraits – In our day of selfies, why not play along? Have your child take a picture a day of himself in a different setting. Collect all of the pictures at the end of the summer to create a story of his summer in selfies.
- Perspective – Use a miniature animal or object and take pictures of it in various locations, like up in a tree, on the dashboard of a car, or in the kitchen cabinet. Use the small size of the object to create images that challenge our ideas of perspective.
- A Hundred Steps – Go somewhere and take 100 steps. Take pictures in the spot without moving. Take 100 more steps and take pictures in that spot. Continue taking pictures in different spots that you wouldn’t have normally stopped in so that you can see objects you might not have seen otherwise.
- Letter Hunt – Look for all of the letters of the alphabet. Photograph letters in signs or billboards, or ones that are formed naturally in nature or objects. Instead of letters, think of a word and look for that word in different places that you can photograph.
- A Day in the Life – Choose a day and have your child document her entire day in pictures. Start first thing in the morning and takes pictures of all of the daily occurrences, and let your child choose which things to photograph. Make A Day in the Life of “Your Child” book together.
- Rainbow Collage – Take Pictures of objects that represent all of the colors of the rainbow. Try to zoom in so that the color you are capturing is the predominant one. Print the pictures and make a Rainbow Collage of colors on a large poster board.
- Flat Stanley – Use a flat version of your child or a favorite stuffed animal that isn’t flat at all. Take pictures of it in your home, your neighborhood, and around town. Let Flat Stanley have some great adventures this summer, and then document them in an album or book at the end of summer.
- Return to Happy – Take pictures of all things that make you smile, whether it is flowers, cars, mailboxes, or anything else. Collect as many Happy Pictures as possible and make a Return to Happy collage or album to help cheer up on blue days.