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Seeing the World Through Your Child’s Eyes

Have you ever wondered how your child sees the world? What their perceptions are of what they see? You can catch a glimpse of their world while creating memories by making memory albums. Memory albums are photo albums that your child can put together of trips or special days out with family.

What you need:
• Journal or notebook (If you want to be a little fancier you can get supplies from a scrap-booking store)
• Crayons or markers
• Non-toxic glue stick or photo corners
• Camera (You can get disposable cameras if your child is younger & prone to dropping things or if your child is older, he/she can use the family camera)

When you go on a vacation, a special trip to the zoo, see Grandparents or even just explore in your own neighborhood, give your child the camera to take pictures of what (or who) catches their eye. After the outing develop the pictures. Don’t wait too long to develop them as your child may forget why she/he took that photo. Once developed, have your child put them in the journal or notebook. They can they write a little caption (if they are too young to write, you can help them out) of what memory they have with that photo.

It’s a fun way to learn what your child finds important or beautiful in “their world.” Make sure you keep these as they will be fun to put out at graduation parties, weddings or other life events when they are older.

What ways do you capture and make memories from your child’s world?

Posted March 19, 2010

by MichelleH

24 Comments

24 Responses

  1. brandy says:

    What a beautiful idea. I’m a teacher and I love the idea of seeing the world through their eyes. I often try to do this myself… but this way seems more fun!

  2. admin says:

    Thanks Brandy! Congrats to you for all the ways you inspire children through teaching. If you have any ideas for crafts for kids, please send them to babymatters@kolcraft.com & we will feature them. :)
    Michelle

  3. Josie says:

    This is such a creative and wonderful idea! This is a great form of self expression.

  4. Nicole J says:

    This is GREAT!! I have a soon to be 4yo who is in love with my camera. We’ve even taken “practice” shots. I think the journal would make a great christmas gift for his grandparents that live far away!

  5. Carol says:

    How nice to encourage creativity in such a young child. It will enhance his life, for sure.

  6. Awesome idea. My 2 year old is interested in my camera. I’m thinking about getting him the VTech digicam so that he can start practicing.

  7. Mary says:

    I’ve done this though I’ve never had the kids make their own album from the pictures. I will once I get them printed. (seems they stay forever on the computer)
    Great idea!

  8. Erica G says:

    That is a great idea. I will have to keep that in mind for our next outing!

  9. admin says:

    Erica,
    Thanks for visiting our blog!
    Michelle

  10. admin says:

    Mary,
    Doesn’t it seem like getting photos developed is the hardest part? :) Sure it will be interesting to see how your children compile the albums!
    Michelle

  11. admin says:

    Sheena,
    He just may become the world’s best photographer. :) You never know…
    Michelle

  12. admin says:

    Welcome Anna! Glad you are here.
    Michelle

  13. admin says:

    Thanks Carol. We think fostering creativity & imagination in children is so important. Thanks for visiting our blog!
    Michelle

  14. admin says:

    Nicole,
    What an AWESOME idea. Sure the grandparents would love that for a Christmas gift.Definitely priceless!
    Michelle

  15. Michelle says:

    Josie,
    Thanks. Great to have you on our blog.
    Michelle

  16. John says:

    I dabble in photography as a side job and I can honestly say that this is one of the greatest ideas i have ever heard! I am definitely going to start doing this with my children. It is going to be so interesting to see what catches their eye and to see how they view the world around them.

    @Sheena – They can never start too young! =)

  17. This is a great idea, especially if we want to get closer with our children. We mostly think about complex matters. Sharing the simple thoughts and perspective of our children by looking at the world through their eyes is great way to share the beauty of their simple world.

  18. Archie Hilton says:

    This is a very fun and creative recommendation for parents with little kids like me. I’ve got a 4 year old girl and a 6 year old son. Plus this keeps them occupied when you are out on trips and shoves off the tantrums, what a relief. I will give this a try. Great suggestion!

  19. Very interesting and creative article. I believe that the most artistic people keep a big piece of their childhood in their hearts. Only the children can think in a way, free of arogancy and jealous. Thank you for this article.

    Margaret

  20. Evan says:

    yup that’s cool. When younger, somehow i assumed that i would have a photographic memory. That did not turn out to be true : ) i do regret that some memories were not stored and shared. then again, some memories are remembered much more vividly than others.

    it will be very interesting to see the contrast, in what a child remembers when growing up, versus what caught his/her fancy then. is it only virtual memory, or is imagination as good as real?

  21. Michelle says:

    Really great points Evan! Thanks for being a fan.

  22. Jarrod says:

    I don’t have a kid yet (still trying. sigh) but this is something that I’ve actually practiced since I was a kid. Although I’m more into capturing candid moments. I’ve always been the emotional and sentimental kind with a gift for photography. I love capturing moments because in a way, it preserves the happy emotion that I feel during that time. From time to time I always go back to my albums/scrapbooks and still feel the exhilaration I felt back then. Indeed, this is something that I will share with my future kids.

  23. Michelle says:

    That’s awesome Jarrod! We hope soon you can share that with your children.

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