Fostering Creativity in Children – Hand them a Camera
I was lucky in that my parents were very encouraging of any sort of creative things my sister and I showed an interest in. When I was in the fifth grade I got a watercolor set and I got into the world of painting. My mom created a crafting club for the neighborhood kids. We’d tie dye tee shirts, make reindeer ornaments out of clothespins and once, we even had a mother take us on a field trip to make our own pizzas at Domino’s!
When disposable cameras became so cheap, my mom would buy one or two for my sister and I to snap anything that struck our fancy. Even if it was a whole roll of pics of our shoes! And these days with digital cameras, it’s even easier and cheaper to foster creativity in a child by handing them a camera. Not all of them will be winners, but it makes me so happy to take a little peek into the world of two awesome little boys through the images they take. It’s the world through their eyes.
And what I love even more is how they’re both learning about composition and lighting. I allowed each of them to start using a cheapie digital camera I kept on hand when they were only 2 years old. Now that they are 7 and 9 the pictures they are taking are amazing and it’s a cheap and easy way to allow them to exercise their creative muscle and keep them busy! Today I’m going to share 10 pics that are some of my favorites that the boys took and hopefully if you’ve never handed your kid a camera, you might be of the mind to do so and let them flex their creative muscles, too!
This is one of the earliest images from the boys’s photo sessions. Older nephew must have been around 4 when this was snapped.
And the boys were very young when they realized that low light and movement (either of an individual or the camera itself) made for awesome, abstract pictures. Sometimes there will be 200-300 pics that are nothing but blurs!
This is another early picture. By the looks of it older nephew was taking the younger’s photo when they were around 4 and 6.
Which leads me to photos of people. I always think it is so interesting to see the photos that kids take of other people. This pic was taken on one of the worst days of my life, when my dad had open heart surgery, and yet, there I am with a huge smile on my face and love in my eyes for the kid behind the camera.
This pic is from that same day. We’d been up since around 4 in the morning and we were exhausted. But handing the boys the camera kept their mind off of what was going down and on more creative things.
And sometimes it’s just neat to see things from their perspective. I mean, they’re so short!
And as they’ve gotten older, the photos have gotten better. I can’t remember exactly what is going on here, but I remember that this was taken somewhere in Houston, TX and there were these images in the floor in a hallway and little nephew was obsessed with them…
And sometimes kids can see beauty in the ugliest things. Attack of the crappie!
These horses live in the field behind my house and they love when the boys visit because we feed them every day :) Just ask older nephew what he wants when we are working up the grocery list. “We HAVE to get carrots and apples for the horses.”
And the most recent picture taken by little nephew at age 7. I’m so impressed with how far along his composition skills have come.
So if you haven’t yet, hand that kid a camera. I feel very strongly about this and hope that every adult out there will take the time for fostering creativity in children!