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Cameras are easy to use these days - mostly just point and shoot. Smart phones have good cameras that can take photographs in all light conditions, and cover everything from very close-up to very wide views. If you have a good camera, perhaps with lenses that are interchangeable, show your child how to use it. Whichever camera they are using, challenge them to be as creative as possible.
Over the holidays, set your child a photographic project. It could be anything from photographing flowers in new ways; creating abstract images; finding circular shapes; documenting your local area; photographing variations on the colour green; or any theme that interests them. Ask your child to think about how they frame the subject, what angle they take it from, how close they go, what they put in the foreground to give a sense of depth and so on.
Discourage selfies, and encourage them to look out into the world. Be polite when taking pictures of other people and always ask their permission. Photography is a great hobby for a lifetime.
Talking and listening helps your child build their language and thinking skills – this is a great foundation for them to learn more. Asking questions, finding out answers and looking up words together will help build your child’s vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them.
Encourage your child to give their opinions and to ask questions about things they see around them. Help your child to make decisions by discussing their ideas. Check if your child understands different things they hear. Encourage your child to teach you new words and phrases they have learnt.
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