Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Activity for hiking kids: Chief Photographer

Generally, exploring and discovery is enough for kids, but sometimes even they can grow bored with that and become restless. Remember that they naturally have shorter attention spans than adults.

Fortunately, there are lots of tried and true activities you can do on the trail that’ll keep kids from getting bored. Among them is Chief Photographer.

If you have an expensive or disposable camera, children as young as 5 can become the hike’s official photographer. Allowing a child to officially chronicle the hike encourages them to be more observant of the wilderness around them. Seeing what your child considers important and beautiful also opens doors into better understanding their personality. While you might give tips about how to frame a photo or handle the lighting (like don’t shoot into the sun), don’t be critical of their choices regarding the subject of their shoot.

Materials: Camera

Ages: 5 and up.

Learn about more than a hundred other hiking diversions for kids in Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities.