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10 amazing activities to help photograph the fun of childhood at home


Are you looking for fun to change your day? Or maybe you are tired of the daily “Mom, I’m bored”? Oh, I understand you perfectly, I am a mother of 3 very active boys and the only way to keep them quiet is, of course, the TV. I am not a fan of tv games therefore I try to limit them and encourage children to play, so that they can create their memories and at the same time I can take a few photos as a souvenir 🙂

If, like me, you love to photograph your children’s childhood, these real, special moments. I have prepared for you 10 games for children of all ages, which will diversify your time and allow you to capture the fun of childhood. You will also find tips on how to make this task easier and get better photos.

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How to photograph the fun of Childhood at home

Photographing children is a very demanding field, however mastering it brings great satisfaction. Childhood photography allows you to capture moments that pass forever and which children often have no chance to remember. Do you know anyone who doesn’t like to remember and watch photos from their childhood? Probably not.

Here are 10 activities kids love and how you can use them to capture the fun of childhood!

1. Apple bobbing

2. Toilet paper mummy game

3. Hallway laser maze (using masking tape)

4.Board games (monopoly)

5. Foam bath

6. Catching M&m’s using straw

7. House of cards

8. Marbles game

9. Wooden Marble Run Building Blocks

10. Reading and playing under duvet

1. Apple bobbing

apple bobbing best game for bored kids, tips for Nottingham mums

It’s not just fun for Halloween. If you use a transparent bowl you can capture amazing shots. Their faces are unmistakable while playing. Simple right? It’s another interesting way to capture the fun of childhood at home therefore grab a camera or phone and have a try. Have fun 🙂

2. Toilet paper mummy game

This is another fun that we associate with Halloween. However, playing with what we have at home does not have to be seasonal. Every season is good on Toilet paper mummy game. 

Camera in your hand and catch the emotions that await you. Have fun.

3. Hallway laser maze (using masking tape)- My kids favourite game

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We do lots of kid crafts at our house, however sometimes my kids need an activity that’s a little more active to help them burn off some energy and keep them from poking each other all. the. time. That’s where this DIY hallway laser maze comes in: kids get to pretend they are like the spies they see on movies, creeping through the lasers without touching any of them.

Perfect for rainy days

A hallway laser maze is easy to set up and will keep kids busy as they jump, crawl, and climb they way back and forth. It’s also a perfect activity for a rainy day and to capture the fun of childhood at home.

4.Board games (monopoly)

Board games are one of the most popular indoor activities for kids. There are many of them that can keep the whole family entertained from a simple one like Monopoly to a more strategic one like Jenga. If your children are older Scrabble and Jenga are amazing and really fun. Just remember to find nice bright spot in the room, soft light will enhance the scene.

5. Foam bath perfect way to photograph the fun of Childhood at home

There is probably no child in the world who doesn’t love playing with water. My only tip, do it in the morning or afternoon, when you have the most light, because the bathroom is usually a dark room.

6. Catching M&m’s using straw

Suck up as many M&Ms with a straw as you can in 60 seconds. Perfect game not only for kids 😉 I think that Dad’s have even more fun then kids haha. Go and capture these emotions and keep that memories forever. Tip: Prepare everything first and then call kids, it is impossible to keep them away from eating before you are ready to take some straws or even to grab a camera. 

7. House of cards

House of cards is one of our favourite games, there is always a lot of emotion 🙂 and there is no age limit: D so honestly I recommend it. Remember to choose a bright part of a room, so you will have enough light to take some great pictures. If it’s to difficult for your child to build anything put a blanket or towel first, it will be much easier 🙂 

8. Marbles game

marble game best activity to photograph the childhood

Does anyone know the rules of the marbles game?

I remember collecting these glass balls as a child. However then my goal was to have a collection of the most unique marbles. They were too valuable for me to play them haha.

Now my children are collecting their collections, but they are happily playing with them, coming up with their own rules.

Of course at the end they always win and I lose because the rules change somehow strangely hahaha

9. Wooden Marble Run Building Blocks

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Wooden Marble Run Building Blocks is a timeless toy. In this or another form, our grandparents, parents, us played with it, and now it’s time to show this genius in its simplicity to our children. Self-made ball tracks are much better than ready-made ones. 

Why?

 Because they are alive! Because they evolve! They will never get bored! After all, the old track, when you get bored, you can always redo it.
Tip: Suggest your kids to build it on a table, it will be mach easier for you to capture these happy faces.

10. Reading and playing under duvet

It is a great idea if you are to tired to build a tent or want to avoid all that mess. My little boy is exited every time when he find a torch.  He instantly want to play under his duvet, it’s like an another world for him there. He really enjoy.
When you would like to try photograph your child  playing under duvet, don’t cover yourself completely, I would suggest to cover just a camera or phone (whatever you use). It allows you to let in more light so the picture won’t be to dark. 

Grab your camera

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” Albert Einstein

Imaginative play ideas are endless. Making a list of the different ways your children play pretend is a helpful first step. Then you are equipped to encourage them to play in a certain well-lit area of your house.