Snap! There you go taking another picture of your kids. That is just part of being a parent. But what about snapping a picture of them creating a “masterpiece”? Many parents do not think to do that. However, a parent should think about doing just that. You can start an artist profile as a keepsake for the kids when they get older. These activities listed below will help you get started.
This is much on the same lines as having a treasure hunt or scavenger hunt. The only difference is having the kids take the pictures of the things that they find. Have the child snap a picture of anything such as a broken favorite toy or a pink flower. Develop the film (or have them uploaded) and create their own “picture” book. This teaches the child that even the simplest of things is considered a piece of artwork.
Shoot the Art
No, don’t take a gun to the art! Take a picture of the artwork. For instance, if the kids has been working all day on a model made from clay, take a picture of it. Or if they bring home (or make) a masterpiece in art class then take a picture of it. Eventually all mothers run out of space for storing their artists’ work. This documents the kids’ work as they progress through coloring or making clay airplanes. Then you and the kids can sit down once a year and look at how far they have come with their creations in a year’s time.
Are you having trouble getting the whole family to sit still long enough for a family photo. Johnny has soccer practice, Katie has ballet class and your husband needs his suit picked up. When do you have the time? The answer is you don’t but you can still have a family photo to display. Have your kids draw the family. It doesn’t have to be anything 3D just simple stick figures will do just fine. Once they have finished their drawing of the family. Go through some old photos and cut out the head of each family member. Help your child glue on the heads. Let the glue dry and now you have a family portrait (and it costs less than going to JcPenney or Sears). Display the portrait in a frame.
Gather some photos of the birthday girl/boy from the previous year. Attach these photos on a piece of string or yarn, then swag the string of pictures in between doorways or use as a banner. This shows everyone just how much the birthday girl/boy has grown in a year.
Stick ‘Em Up
This is a great project for mommy and toddler to do together. Have your tot gather some twigs in the yard. Then have him/her pick out some favorite photos. Glue that photo onto a piece of cardboard that is slightly bigger than the picture. “Frame” the photo with the twigs that your tot gathered. Don’t forget to let him/her help. You simply glue the twigs around the photo and let dry. This gives your tot something to do and he/she will love showing off their “artwork”.
Give Mom a Mustache?
Gather string, material or other cloth-like things and some old photos that you have copies of. Place this stuff, along with scissors and glue in front of your child. Tell them that they can create funny pictures of the family. Watch as they carefully play with the pictures. For fun, hang the artwork up on the fridge to show the kids that you a good sport.
Fill a cheap photo album with photos of friends and family who live far away. Make it a daily or weekly routine to look at the photo album with your child. This will get them familiar with the faces of friends and family, so when they come to visit, it won’t be an awkward moment when Aunt Kathy gives a hug.
These activities promote your child’s imagination. Plus, these activities will surely give you another opportunity to snap some more pictures of your little artist in training. It will be picture perfect!