Thursday, February 23, 2012

Photos

Book Suggestions:

My First Photo Album by Michelle Berg
Pocoyo and the Camera by Red Fox
Galen's Camera by Jill Kalz
Cameras by Kristin Petrie
Cool Scrapbooks by Pam Price
Close Up: Microscopic Photographs of everyday stuff
My Baby Book by Jackie Wolf
My Family Photo Album by Ron Berry

Activities:

ABC:
Materials: camera, printer or computer, index cards
Description: Sing the alphabet with your toddler. Gather ABC flash cards or make your own by writing one letter one each index card. Show your toddler letter A and have your toddler name the letter. Tell your toddler what sound letter A makes and have them repeat the sound. Together find something around your house that begins with letter A. Help your toddler take a picture of the object. Continue doing this for each letter. (You could do this activity over several days). When you have pictures of every letter, download them to your computer and create a filmstrip or slideshow of the pictures or print out each picture and put them in a 4X6 album. Write each letter on each picture. Your toddler can look at the book or slideshow over an over again.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot letter sound recognition, teach your tot to develop an understanding of beginning sounds, teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skills



Numbers:
Materials: camera, 10 of the same object (your toddler's choice)
Description: Have your toddler choice an object that they can count and take pictures of (ex. Legos, trucks, balls, shoes etc) Count from 1-10 with your toddler. Show your toddler what number 1 looks like. Have your toddler count 1 object from their pile. Help your toddler take a picture of the 1 object. Continue this activity for numbers 1-10 (or 1-20). When you have all the pictures, download them to your computer. Create a slideshow for your toddler to watch or print out the pictures and put them in a 4X6 photo album. Write the numbers on each picture. Your toddler can view the book or slideshow over and over to help them learn their numbers.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot counting, teach your tot one to one number correspondence, teach your tot language development

Colors:
Materials: camera, different colored objects
Description: Talk to your child about all the different colors that they know. Show your toddler pictures of the color green. Have your toddler name the color and find something around your house that is green. Help your toddler take a picture of the green object. Continue this activity for as many colors as you would like. Download all the color pictures onto your computer and create a slideshow or print all the pictures and put them in a 4X6 album. Be sure to type of write the color word on each picture. Your child can view the book or slideshow over and over again to learn their colors and color words.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot color word recognition, teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skill development

Photo Shape:
Materials: a photo, marker, paper
Description: Show your toddler a 4 X6 picture. Ask your toddler to tell you what shape the picture is. Lay the picture on a piece of paper and trace it. Show your toddler the shape and ask them to tell you what shape it is. Have your toddler "draw" their own picture in the rectangle creating their own "photo."
Skills Targeted: teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot creativity, teach your tot to enhance artistic ability

Photographer:
Material: a disposable camera or a "toddler proof" digital camera
Description: In the beginning of the week, give your toddler an inexpensive disposable camera or if they have their own "toddler Proof" digital camera, they can use it. Encourage your toddler to bring the camera with them on outings throughout the week and have them take pictures of their own. Be sure to teach them how to use the camera. At the end of the week or when they use all the pictures, develop the film or print their digital pictures. Look at all the pictures with your toddler and have them try to recall what each picture is, why they took it, what they were doing while they took the picture etc.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot creativity, teach your tot to recall details, teach your tot to retell events

C is for Camera:
Materials: draw or print a picture of a camera, marker
Description: C is for Camera; therefore, letter C would be a great letter to focus on this week. Show your toddler a picture of a camera. Have your toddler repeat the word camera. Make the C sound and have your toddler repeat it. Tell them that the word Camera begins with the C sound. Write a big letter C on the picture of the camera and hang it up for your toddler to refer to all week.
View letter C at:


Starfall Learn to Read



Skills Targeted: teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot letter sound recognition, teach your tot to develop pre-reading skills, teach your tot phonemic awareness skills

Letter C Pictures:
Materials: camera
Description: While focusing on letter C this week, help your toddler find objects around your house that begin with letter C and take pictures of them. Be sure to review letter C and its sound before taking these pictures. When you and your toddler have taken several pictures, download them and create a slideshow or print the pictures and make a letter C book.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot letter C recognition, teach your tot Letter C sound recognition, teach your tot to understand beginning sounds, teach your tot pre-reading skills, teach your tot to develop phonemic awareness skills

Polite Pictures:
Materials: Camera, glue, large paper or poster board
Description: Talk to your toddler about what it means to be polite and kind. Throughout the day or over the week, take pictures of your toddler being polite and kind (sharing, cleaning their toys, hugging, helping you etc.). Print these pictures and show them to your toddler. Talk about each picture and what they are doing in each photo. Have your toddler glue each picture on a large piece of paper or poster board. Write the polite word under each picture.
skills Targeted: teach your tot language development, teach your tot to develop life skills, teach your tot to develop good manners, teach your tot to recall details, teach your tot to retell events

Scrapbook:
Materials: pictures taken by your toddler, cardstock paper, scrapbook items such as stickers, glitter, pens, sequences etc.
Description: Show your toddler pictures that they have taken throughout the week. Have your toddler pick several pictures that they would like to scrapbook. Provide a variety of scrapbook craft items such as stickers, pens, glue, glitter, fabric, pattern paper etc for your toddler to use. Help your toddler begin creating their design by gluing their pictures of a piece of cardstock paper (or other paper that you have available). They can use their creativity to decorate their scrapbook page. When they are finished, you could even journal on their page for them. Have your toddler tell you about their pictures and you can write what they tell you. Be sure to add the date on their paper. You could continue to do this with your toddler over and over again and they could actually create their very own special scrapbook for their own pictures.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to retell events and details, teach your tot language development, teach your tot creativity

People I Love Pictures:
Materials: camera
Description: Throughout the week take pictures of people that are meaningful in your toddler’s life. If they have family and friends that live out of town, ask them to mail you a picture or you could use an old one. Show the pictures to your toddler and have your little one identify each person. You can write their names on the pictures. Glue the pictures to a poster board or put them in a 4X6 photo album to create a book for your toddler.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize people they love, teach your tot to love, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot language development

Songs and Fingerplays:

Pictures, Pictures, Pictures:
Sung to the tune of Jingle Bells

Pictures, pictures, pictures
Pictures, pictures, pictures
I like to take pictures
of my mom
of my dad
Pictures make me glad.

Pictures, pictures, pictures
Pictures, pictures, pictures
I use a camera to take pictures.
Pictures of dogs
Pictures of trees
Even pictures of me.

Online Fun:

Videos:
Check out www.sesamestreet.org for fun videos about pictures and cameras

Photos in the Park
Say Cheese
Games:
www.sesamestreet.org has fun games about photos also.

Elmo's Goofy Gallery



Recipes and Snack Ideas:

Cheese:
Give your toddler cheese as a snack this week. As they eat practice saying cheese and take pictures of your toddler! Say cheese while eating cheese!

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