Winter is nearly over! But if you’re finding yourself at a loss as to what to do with your kids for a few more chilly afternoons, here are some ideas for at home photo projects that involve photos or make for great photo ops. Â What’s more, they areÂ a lot of fun and makeÂ great memories.
1) Photo storybook or collage
When Liam was in pre-K he had an assignment to make a collage ofÂ all his favorite things. We printed recent family photos and then we collected photos of other favorite things on Pinterest to create this collage.
Kids love seeing photos of themselves and talking about what was going on when the photos were taken, some of which they might remember and some of which might be guesses, depending on their age.
Print a bunch of photos and let your kids make their own photo storybook. If your kids are little, you might want to simply print photos on your printer at home like we did (if you have a wireless printer you can even do this right from your phone). If your kidsÂ are a little older and up to something fancier, you can get some nice prints made at Mpix along with a book from Rag and Bone Bindery (I recommend an accordion album or small album) or another type of scrapbook or sketchbook. Have your kids add their own words, labels, thoughts, memories and drawings for a special keepsake.
2) Photo stickers
Photo stickers are a great photo project forÂ younger kids. Â And who doesn’t love a good sticker-fest! When you order from moo, you can get a book of 90 different stickers for only $9.99!
This is a great project for a winter’s day and creates great photo opportunities too, especially if you get into mixing colors or using glitter or other added ingredients!
4) Snow paint
If it’s snowing but a little cold to be outside too long, bring in the snow and make snow paint!
5) Drawing and painting
Sometimes it pays to keep it simple and to let your kids have at it with their favorite art supplies. Once kids hit kindergarten and really start to get into drawing, I’m a big proponent of buying quality art supplies and sketch paper.Â This gives your kids a more enjoyable and rewarding experience creating art and also results in artwork with beautiful vibrant colors that photograph well even with an iPhone!
Liam is loving these Derwent Colorsoft PencilsÂ and my favorite sketch pad for the kids is the Strathmore premium recycled sketch pad.
Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick is a family photographer and photography coach for parents with Photosanity. A former architect and interior designer, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her two boys Liam, age six, and Jack, age three.
Alethea is on a mission to help parents more fully experience the precious fleeting moments of their children’s lives through photography. Find her on http://photosanity.com