Here’s an idea for a long, tedious road trip, or even just running errands with the kids:
|Velcro arms allow for action-heroine poses.|
Take along a toy (probably not a favorite; something silly-looking and novel) and photograph it at each of the places you stop. Poseability is a plus.
Some ideas and extensions for older kids:
- Could be a wonderful conversation starter in later months.
- Can you make your toy fit in with the scenery?
- Can you put together the pictures later, as a narrative?
- Use them as story prompts.
- Add captions
- Add thought bubbles.
- Blog, email, or digitally scrapbook the ongoing adventures of the toy.
With very young children, the photos work well as a treasure hunt book of basic concepts.
- Labeling: Use photos of the same small toy on each page (“where’s the doggie? There’s the doggie!”)
- Prepositions: You can put the toy on, in, and under,
- Colors: Go on a color search in the store. Pose the toy by something red, yellow, etc.
- Letters and numbers: Posing the toy by words you find in the real world (“sale! Buy 2!”) helps children put script in context and understand that it has meaning.
- Shapes: what shapes do you see in the picture? Again, this is a great opportunity to put learning in context.
|Grocery shopping is no longer boring.
(also: cylinders! So hard to picture in a book,
so easy to show in real life!)
|Freezer pose! Older children might make up a story about how she wound up in there,
younger ones might be interested in picking out the bright colors and letters.
|Something to look forward to on a long, long drive across the country!|
|Here, with no children at the table, we missed
a wonderful opportunity
to make a tableau.
|The giraffe is in the pet area. He has no leash.
Your kids may be too sophisticated to find this funny.
I think it’s hilarious.
|Lots of colors in this photo, older kids would be able to guess
what time of day it was taken.
|The horse (donkey?) looks like it’s thinking in this one.
What’s he thinking?