Summertime is a great time for kids to explore their creative side. Without the pressure of homework and class time, kids can relax, recharge, and rediscover the fun of down time. Use our list of ideas to add a little photography to their summer fun. It’s a simple way to be creative AND keep them busy for a while.
1) Go on a letter hunt. Use our letter art images as an example. Have them go out and find letters in the world (nature, buildings, sports equipment, etc.). Our site is Spell-It-Out Photos
- Search for a letter a week. Find as many examples of that letter. See which letters are easier or harder to find.
- Have a word for the week. Have them search for all the letters to spell a certain word. You can have it theme related (states, flowers, names, etc.)
- Give them a location to use and to spell. For instance, if their High School is named CAMPOLINDO, see if they can spell CAMPOLINDO from letter images found on campus.
- Make it a road trip adventure. Search for letters while on the road. It may be difficult to stop and take a photo of each letter, but if you can, what a great way to remember the trip.
- Headed to the beach? Seaweed can form so many different letters. See what particular item in your surroundings can lend itself to create a variety of letters.
- Make it a special project. Maybe Grandpa has a birthday coming up. See if they can spell GRANDPA out of areas or things that he likes. This will make the gift so much more special.
- Add a PERSONal touch. Try to photography the alphabet out of people making the letters. You can do one letter at a time or use a panoramic lens to capture the entire word.
2) Take a photo of the same thing (tree) or view (intersection or backyard) every day. See how it changes.
3) Do a photo journal of their summer. Have them take photos to explain their summer. Tell them if they couldn’t use words, how would they explain their summer in pictures. THAT’s what they should shoot.
4) Take a selfie every day. Kids love to do this anyway. Have them see how they change over the summer.
5) Record growth. Do they garden? Take a photo of how a flower, vegetable, or fruit changes as it grows every day.
6) Be creative. Let them come up with ideas too.
NOTE: You can add writing to any of these to help promote their writing skills over the summer. Have them keep a journal of their findings or write a small essay on how they discovered certain letters. Be creative! There are SO many ways to enhance their skills without them feeling like it iswork. Make learning and discovery FUN!