Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Through the eyes of a child

The chicks were driving me crazy this evening while I was trying to get dinner ready.

I'm sure there isn't a mother alive who doesn't know what I am talking about. Both kids wanted my immediate and undivided attention. They were most put out that I wasn't giving it to them. They saw both the food and their sibling as mortal enemies and emotions were starting to unravel.

I had a flash of inspiration. I gave them my camera and wrote out a list of things I wanted them to go and photograph. This was one of the best ideas I have had in a long time. The children spent over an hour happily engaged in a project that brought them much joy, and more importantly, restored "shalom bayet" (peace in the home).

Here was their interpretation of "something soft"

"Something full of hope"

"The makings of a fairy dress"

"A fairy's garden"

"Something full of sunlight"

"A Place a fairy might build her home"

They also thought this one would be a good fairy home.

As a joke, and as a way to keep them out of the house for a longer time, I suggested they also look for an alligator to photograph. I should have known that Shira, my little artist, would have found an alligator easily.

I think I have hit on a winning formula. I intend to start giving my children photography projects more often. I love how it can help them look at the world in a different way.

Tomorrow I plan on having them look for geometric shapes in the world around them. It will be a great way to solidify last week's geometry lesson (blog post on that to follow soon).


momof3feistykids said...

What an awesome assignment! I love the photos.

Laura said...

This is a brilliant idea. I think I will try it with my kids as well.

Michele said...

What a fun idea! My kids like treasure hunts and the camera; hadn't thought of putting them together!

Anonymous said...

cool beanie babies!! I'm so glad the 'assignment' worked for you. I can just see them running all over looking for the different things, and they did well.
It always excites me to see things through a child's view, and photography can be so revealing.