Young children are naturally curious. They ask questions and want to understand the people, places, and things in the world around them. Photography is a great way to explore and encourage this innate curiosity. Try these photography projects with your inquisitive and budding photographer. These photo activities are designed to boost your child’s creative thinking skills, including problem solving, observation, and improvisation.
In this photo activity, children use a camera to document everything on their scavenger hunt list. “A scavenger hunt is essentially an exercise in problem solving,” says Helen Hadani, Ph.D., Head of Research at the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. “Finishing the hunt requires creative interpretations of clues and clever strategies to solve each clue.”
2. Take Photos
The challenge is to take photos of items that represent a new theme every day for a week. At the end of the week, children make collages and look for overall patterns in the photos. This photo project helps children practice observation skills, a key tool for creative thinking. Don’t forget: Learning and creativity often begin with observation.
After gathering a collection of themed photos, children must spontaneously make up fun vacation stories in front of an audience. In this game, the child performing has to invent a story about a recent vacation based on a photo they have never seen before. “This activity requires children to improvise, an essential part of the creative process,” says Hadani, an expert in early childhood development. The act of improvising demands children be fearless and open to experiences.
More Activities for Kids
Visit CreativityCatapult.org, the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s online collection of free activities that promote creativity development in children ages 2 to 14. The free resource features 80 activities that can be filtered by age, topic, number of participants, level of difficulty, duration of time, and skill.