Technically, the calendar says it is spring, but living in the Pacific Northwest, I don’t buy it. I have found myself cursing the meteorologists with their smirks and grins as they nonchalantly declare four more days of showers. Showers? Really? I am shocked.
Instead of dwelling on my disdain for the current weather, I must find fun and engaging things for my kids to do indoors. If I don’t, all of our sanity (mine, really) is in question. This is not an exaggeration.
A couple weeks ago, my preschooler desperately needed a project and since he has a newfound love for taking pictures, my husband thought to have him put his new passion to good use. Using our old digital camera, we sent him on a little scavenger hunt throughout the house. To say this activity was a hit is an understatement. He has repeatedly asked me to create more hunts for him and it is an exciting adventure every time.
The great thing about this activity is that it can be tailored for different ages and can be done in any season. Our photo hunts have taken place in the house thus far, but once the sunshine greets us, there are unlimited ways to do this outside. Take everyone and your camera to a ball game, a park, or to watch big brother’s soccer practice. The possibilities are endless!
To create your own photo scavenger hunt, create a list of ten to twenty items for your child to find and take a picture of. You can be as specific as “clock” or as vague as “something blue.” You will be surprised at how imaginative and creative your kids get. If you really want to get serious, you could develop or print all the photos and make a book, but we haven’t done that yet. So far, my little guy is really just interested in taking the pictures and the great thing about a digital camera is the instant gratification. He can see them as soon as he pushes the button.
Depending on your child’s stage of development, you can increase the difficulty, as well. Make a list with each letter of the alphabet and have your child find something that begins with each letter to snap a picture of. If you really want to get crazy, have them hunt for numbers throughout the house. The more creative you get, the more fun your kids will have.
Rainy, wet days don’t have to be dull and dreary. Find an old camera, make a list of things to find (which takes all of three minutes), and send your little one off to capture whatever images they fancy. You might be surprised what they discover.