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Family activities: Combining photos and reading

Children love to take photos and listen to stories, especially when the stories are about them.

You can help your child create their own personalised story book with just a few items: camera, pen, paper, photo album.

  • Pass the camera to your child for the morning and let him be in charge. Do they want to take photos of their breakfast? Their teddy bears? Or maybe they want to take the camera outside and focus on the bugs. Let them express himself through the camera. Try not to influence them to take photos of what you think is important.

  • Next, help your child decide which photos to print. The more variety, the more interesting the book will be.

  • Once you have the prints in hand, grab a pen and paper. Go through the photos with your children. Ask them to tell you about the photos. What's happening? What do they like about it? Is there a reason why they took it? Depending on their age, they might say just a few words or an entire story. Write down what they say on paper cut to fit in the photo album. If your child is old enough, encourage them to do the writing.

  • Once they're done storytelling and you're done writing, put the photos in the album with the corresponding story under it or on the opposite page.

  • Finally, title the book.

Now your child has a book about his day to read and share with others. But why stop with one? As your child grows, so will their interests. Encourage them to continue taking photos and writing more personalized albums.

For more ideas on family fun, visit our blog.

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