At Murdock Education, we believe that photography is a way of seeing through the eyes of the child and to help them make meaning of the world around them.
Seeing the world through the eyes of the child gives us a deeper understanding of their reality and can be utilised in many different ways. One of these ways is the development of play spaces. By exploring the space and seeing it through the child’s eyes, we can look deeper into what really interests the children and keep them centric to everything we do.
Photography is a prominent part of our children's experience. We showcase the children's artwork and use it as a time to have honest conversations around what it is they are seeing and why they chose to photograph each scene.
1. Create a story. This could be a toy on an adventure in the garden. Take photos of each part of the toys journey and let the children narrate the experience. You could even print the photographs and create a book!
2. Have a photo scavenger hunt. Come up with a list of items for children to photograph and make it creative. For example, try different textures such as something sticky or soft, or cold to touch.
3. Look for shapes and patterns in nature. Research has shown that children photographing outdoor spaces pay attention to finer details. Ask them to take photos of lines, cracks and spirals in nature, and you will be surprised at what they come back with!
4. Build alphabet and maths skills. For example, see if the children can find something that starts with each letter of the alphabet or a certain number of items - one shoe, two flowers, three spoons. The photographs could then be printed to make flashcards.
5. Make a gift. There are many websites to have your child’s photography printed on items ranging from framed prints to coffee mugs. Help them pick out one of their photos and choose a gift - and of course, the recipient!
Photography with children has many pedagogical benefits, can be a bonding exercise, and it’s always a privilege to see the world through the eyes of a child.
"If we experienced life through the eyes of a child, everything would be magical and extraordinary. Let our curiosity, adventure and wonder of life never end." - Akiane Kramarik.