· a regular or digital camera
· oak tag paper
· glue sticks
· notepad and pen
· small labels
· several books that highlight such photographers as William Wegman, Ansel Adams, and Ann Geddes, or books of Tana Hoban's and Ann Morris's works
· variety of appropriate photographs from magazines like National Geographic, Smithsonian, or travel magazines
· chart paper and marker
· visual perception
· aesthetic development
· creative thinking
Write the question “Why do people like to take photographs?” on the top of a sheet of paper. Encourage your child to think about why people take photographs. When does he use a camera at school? When does he take photographs at home? Record his responses.
Introduce your child to photographs from various books and magazines. Encourage him to describe what he sees in each photograph. Explain that someone who uses a camera is called a photographer. Explain that he will have an opportunity to be a photographer
Discuss how photographers take pictures of different things, such as people, animals, nature, or objects. Give your child the option to take photographs inside or outside. Find out what your child may already know about using a camera. Provide him with any necessary additional information. Plan time to accompany your child on his “photo shoot.”
Precut oak tag paper for the mounting of photographs. Measure the oak tag so there will be at least a two-inch boarder around the photographs. Give your child his photographs and glue sticks. Assist him in mounting his photographs and writing names below them.
Create an exhibit of your child's work. Invite other members of your family to the exhibit's “opening.”
Extensions: Family Mosaic.
Work with your child to create a mosaic plate by pasting small colorful squares and small portions of his or family photographs to a paper plate. Invite your child to include the plate in their exhibit.
Mosaic Picture Frames.
Precut picture frames from poster board or oak tag paper. Cut up a variety of colored papers to make small squares to resemble mosaic tiles. Have children rub a glue stick over the picture frame and decorate it with the paper squares. Leaving a border the same size as the frame, mount a photograph on a sheet of oak tag. Glue the frame over boarder.