I went into my son’s kindergarten class this week to talk about photography. I spent about 90 minutes with the class and it was honestly one of the most fun (and if I’m being really honest: tiring) afternoons I’ve had in a while.
I started off by reading the classic book “Snowflake Bentley” (or Snowflake BEN as my son likes to call it), which is a nonfiction story about a man who devoted his life to photographing snowflakes.
Then I gave a short iPad presentation on photography, including a brief history of the camera, a show and tell with actual pieces of FILM (gasp), some fun questions for the kids about photography, and of course, a slideshow of personal images for the kids to enjoy.
We wrapped up our photo afternoon by making cardboard cameras.. Never in my life have I had my picture ‘taken’ so many times!! What a great way to spend the day.. completely wrapped up in the moment with these amazingly smart & energetic little kids.
A few things I learned along the way:
1. Six year old children don’t really want to hear about history. I’ve never been a fan of history either so I can’t really blame them. History of the camera? Snore.
2. Kindergarten aged girls are really into accessories. Trust me, I didn’t exactly get dressed up for the event but as soon as I walked in I had multiple little girls rushing to my side to tell me they liked my earrings, my necklace, etc. Camera Shmamera, where DID you get those shoes??
3. Kind of a given, but kids this age have the best imaginations. period. When I asked what they would take a picture of if they could photograph anything in the whole world the answers were priceless. A duck billed platypus! Fighter planes flying through the air! A volcano with hot lava!! Our teacher’s dogs! MYSELF!! (<-love that answer)
4. Kindergarteners are not very worried about what everyone else might think of their ideas/answers. Every kid was speaking out with answers to every question. I wish we could all be a little more like 6 year olds sometimes.
5. Anyone who has ever received a toy in the mail knows that the box it came in ends up being just as fun as the toy itself. Cardboard is the gift that keeps on giving!! The kids had a great time decorating their 'cameras' and drawing their favorite image in the 'viewfinder' on the back!
And here are the finished products!!! Can you tell some of these kids are into Dr. Who!?
Ingredients for making your own cardboard camera:
Cardboard ( duh)
Toilet paper or Paper towel roll for the “lens”
Rubber cement to adhere the lens
Markers, stickers, etc for decorating
cut the cardboard into a camera shape, cutting a square for the eyehole.
attach lens with rubber cement