Pro Tip – Cameras For Kids!

February 4, 2011 in Dad Tips  

Pro Tip – Cameras For Kids!

I slammed against this post over at Kottke.org and thought it was a great idea, certainly good-great enough to be sharing here!

I just loved this idea. We’ve spoken here before about getting curious about your kid and I think this is an excellent, creative model for that kind of interaction.

Here’s what Jason did:

  • He gave his 3yo kid a camera (in this case a Canon Powershot SD450).
  • He let his kid take pictures with said camera.
  • He put a 4GB Eye-Fi Card in the camera so it would automatically upload pictures to Flickr.
  • He smiled.

“Giving an “adult” camera to a three-year-old may seem like a recipe for confusion and broken electronics, but I’m continually amazed at kids’ thirst for knowledge and empowered responsibility.”

“Yesterday morning we were trying to build a boat out of blocks… ‘the same as we built last week,’ Ollie said to me. I couldn’t remember how we’d built the boat last week and Ollie couldn’t really describe it or duplicate it by himself. ‘We should have taken a picture of it. Then we would remember,’ he said.”

Check out Kottke’s Kid Camera post for more info…

Please Comment & Add Your Voice!

David Bier February 4, 2011 at 8:49 am

I love this! There’s no way I’d currently trust Isaac with a camera (2.5 years) but in the not too distant future I may look to do the same thing.

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Some Wise Guy February 4, 2011 at 11:07 am

This sounds like a great idea.
But my kid isn’t getting a camera until I get one.
I’m selfish like that.
(Haha!)

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BenSpark February 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm

MY daughter has used my old Canon SD800 since she was 2 1/2 and she tries to get her hands on every camera I own and she takes damn good shots. I have an eye-fi card and I’m so going to do this!

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Tyler February 5, 2011 at 8:01 am

When I got a new camera for Christmas this year I gave the old one to my son (2.5 years). He takes interesting shots but I never thought to use an eye-fi card. Nice tip Mr. Kottke!

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Jill/Twipply Skwood February 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Oh that is great! And he took some good looking pictures too. I remember reading something similar not long ago about providing kids with high quality paint and other art materials.

On the other hand, my 15 year old would love to use my camera more often, but I just got it in August (after pining for it for 10 years) & I barely even let the 15 year old get her hands on it. There’s no way, ever, ever, ever I could put it into the hands of a three year old. But since theirs was an extra one, then that’s different.

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Henry Elliss February 7, 2011 at 6:21 am

Not only is this an awesome idea, your post also reminded me about eye-fi cards, which I’d completely forgotten about until now. I want one!!

Our son has a big digital camera from the Early Learning Centre, but the quality of the pictures is god-awful, so I might have to try this next time I upgrade our camera…

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