Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Toddler Inspired: Nature Walks & Photo Journaling



Today was a lovely day outside.  The morning was nice and cool, so we decided to head out before the sun got too hot.  I was trying to figure out what we could do, when you grabbed your camera and started to snap away.  You are becoming quite the budding photographer!  It wasn't minutes later when I heard, "Ma!"  You pointed to my camera and asked me to join in on the fun.

I started asking you what we should take pictures of and you led the way around the kitchen.  Since you were having so much fun, I thought that we should head outside to continue our photo shoot while enjoying a short nature walk.  You took my hand and led me around the yard pointing out items that you wanted to take pictures of.  We would point our cameras at the objects together and shoot at the same time.  It was adorable.  We saw birds, flowers, cars, and plenty more along the way.  




Once we made our way around the yard, we decided to see what developed.  Since your camera is still a pretend one, we decided to use Mama's photographs when printing them off.  Here are some of the sights that you thought were important enough to capture along the way.



 

I truly had a wonderful time during our walk.  It was amazing to follow along and allow you to lead the way through an exploration in our own backyard. This activity was a wonderful way to awaken your senses outside and see the world through the eyes of my toddler. 






Since you have been having so much fun playing the role of photographer, I decided to grab a few more items at the store when we went to print out our pictures.  I found a small photo album and some stickers for you to create your own picture album to place your memories of the nature walks that we will take throughout the year. As soon as you woke from your nap, we got started putting it together. The first thing that we did was to add a label to page one that shows the date of our nature walk.  Then it was time to add the pictures.  As I pulled back the protective film, I encouraged you to pick out the pictures that you wanted for each page.  You placed them all on your own, with just a bit of help from me. 






When you were all finished, you had such fun decorating your album with the stickers that I found earlier that day!  I can't wait to take another toddler led nature walk and watch as your continue your adventures as a photojournalist! 




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29 comments:

  1. Love this! My toddler loves taking photos too, but we haven't printed any yet (we keep them on the computer). I definitely should. I love the idea of letting him make a photo album. Here's a post about a color hunt walk with his photos - http://jennifischer.blogspot.com/2012/03/our-color-discoveries-following-up-on.html

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! My mom just got him one of those V-Tech cameras that actually take pictures for his birthday. I can't wait to see how he does with it. Love your color walk! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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  2. What a great activity! I love seeing what children decide is important enough to photograph.

    Thanks for sharing with Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)

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    1. Thanks, MaryAnne! He always manages to surprise me. :)

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  3. This is such a great idea! I love that you're outside getting fresh air, enjoying nature, and doing a fun activity all at once. My kids would love to do this. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! We had to go around the house the very next day and take some more pictures of his "important" findings. He just makes me smile sometimes!

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  4. I love this. Looks like he did too. Thanks for your great ideas. Jodi @ www.meaningfulmama.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Jodi! I appreciate you stopping by. :)

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  5. I found your blog via Red Ted Art's linky.

    I love this so much, I can imagine him reading this when he's all grown up. I wonder what he'll remember, probably not all these details. So amazing you have recorded them here. x

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad that you found us! I'm looking forward to seeing what he thinks about our little diary as he gets older, too.

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  6. What a wonderful way to bring a toy camera to life without the worry of letting go of the real thing! A brilliant idea and great use of the outdoors. I would love you to join me on Country Kids too

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    1. Thank you! :) He's been using this little toys for months now and he's just getting the hang of pointing AND shooting at the same time. ;)

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  7. We did a photo journal last year and LOVED it! Looks like you had fun.

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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    1. We did! I can't wait to try this again in a different venue!

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  8. my son loves taking pics with his digital camera too! it's so neat to see things from their point of view, isn't it? thanks for linking this up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

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    1. It is Andie! They find the most interesting items to take pictures of. ;)

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  9. What a wonderful way to create memories together. Thanks so much for once again joining in the outdoor play link up.

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    1. Thanks Kierna! We just love all of the ideas on the Outdoor Play linky!

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  10. Such a fun post! My kiddoes love nature walks and taking pictures, too. We also like color spotting walks. It's a simple idea I think your chidl would like. I wrote about it at http://traininghappyhearts.blogspot.com/2010/11/autumn-activity-color-spotting-walk.html

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! Off to check out your color walk. :)

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  11. What great ideas! I love that since he's too young for his own camera, you captured the actual pictures for him. But you were still seeing through his eyes in regards to subject. What a great idea!

    Stopping by from tip toe thru tuesday.

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    1. Thanks, Tiffany! It's amazing what they spy and want to snap pictures of. Glad you stopped by! :)

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  12. Zel has recently become interested in taking photos. I let him use an old digital camera that we don't really use anymore. I never thought to print them and put the pics in a photo album. I love this idea!

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  13. Miss E loves taking photos too! That reminds me I need to charge up some batteries for her.

    I love how you started his very own photo album.

    Thank you for linking up to the Outdoor Play Party! You always have such great outdoor inspiration.

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  14. This would make such a great keepsake. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

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  15. My boys would love this! Thanks for sharing these on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll be back again with more great ideas!
    -Mackenzie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

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  16. what a great idea to make a book of your nature walks. My youngest is an avid photographer! I love seeing the world through her pictures/eyes!

    Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase. Hope to see you this week.

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  17. Thanks for linking up. It's great that you can celebrate your son's creativity and love of nature.

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