Outdoor Photo Challenge

Taking photos on the scavenger hunt

First week back at school. A change of pace. I’m conscious that the children are spending more time indoors. It’s inevitable.

I want our outside fun to carry on. Thursday, after school, we had no other commitments, so I set up a photo challenge for the children.

taking photos of hens

It wasn’t a competition. Just a chance to be outside and look. I kept the list open. They could interpret however they liked. There were surprises in the results.

children photo nature

Before we started, I went round the garden making sure there was at least one of everything. For orange, I found nasturtiums flowing over the raised beds. Two out of three of the children found my old orange wheelbarrow. Nothing is predictable, but that is all part of the fun of this kind of activity. Their list was:

  1. Something red
  2. Something prickly
  3. Something soft
  4. Something orange
  5. Something green
  6. Something with an interesting texture
  7. Something with an interesting pattern
  8. Something that can move
  9. Something tall
  10. Something white
  11. Something old
  12. A seed
  13. Something with an interesting shape
  14. Something blue

children photo nature2

The children bounced around the garden. Pausing and looking, then rushing off with inspiration. The challenge gave them a purpose to go outside rather than slouching inside. They loved it. And they loved that I said I’d choose a few to post here. So here they are!

Mission accomplished!


Linking up with the #CountryKids. For more outdoor play inspiration, I’d recommend that you hop on over to see what all those inspirational families are doing.
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27 thoughts on “Outdoor Photo Challenge

  • Saturday 7 September, 2013 at 12:23 am

    What a brilliant idea and what brilliant pictures they took, I love the fossil picture and the tomatoes. A fabulous way to get them interested in photography x

    • Sunday 8 September, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      They love taking photos. It’s always interesting to see the world from their perspective. I’ve promised to give them a few more lessons. I’m sure that I’ll be posting more of their photos.

  • Saturday 7 September, 2013 at 2:30 am

    What a fantastic idea! And they took some brilliant photos. My 7yo would love this… #CountryKids

    • Sunday 8 September, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Which child can resist using a camera? So much easier with digital when they can review straight away. When I was learning, I used to wait for a week or more for the prints. I feel old.

  • Saturday 7 September, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I just love this, it is often the simple ideas that are the best. I am stumbling and pinning this one to use myself, it would make a great challenge around CoombeMill. Thank you for the idea and for sharing it on country Kids. I think I may not be the only one gping to try this activity.

    • Sunday 8 September, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      I’m so glad you like it. I think you are right that it is the simple ideas that work the best. There will be more photo challenges as they are brilliant activities, but also as I want to teach them a bit more about taking photos.

  • Saturday 7 September, 2013 at 10:24 am

    A great idea, to set a challenge like this. I feel older kids need more motivation to get them outdoors sometimes, a bit of competitiveness! They have taken some lovely photos and should be very proud of themselves. Popped over from #CountryKids and glad I did! Thx for sharing x

    • Sunday 8 September, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      For older children I do think they need a reason why. When they were younger, I could just tell them we were going outside. When they reach double figures, I need to present a business case for all outings. Well, almost! 😀

  • Saturday 7 September, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    This is such a fantastic idea for sharpening concentration and observation skills. I am definitely going to pin this and have my son do a photo scavenger hunt, too. He loves taking photos.

    • Sunday 8 September, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      It was fun. I can definitely recommend it. Suits a wide range of ages too.

      • Wednesday 18 September, 2013 at 1:28 am

        I linked to your awesome post after my son went on a photo hunt. Thanks for the inspiration.

        • Wednesday 18 September, 2013 at 11:17 pm

          Just popped over to see your photos. Your son did a fabulous job and I love the list! So glad you both had fun. 😀

  • Saturday 7 September, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    What a great post!!! I love this!!!

    • Sunday 8 September, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks, se7en. We had fun and it was just perfect length for after school. Brilliant excuse to get them outside and enjoying nature.

  • Saturday 7 September, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Oh I keep meaning to do this with the kids. My friend recommended an A-Z photo challenge for the kids. Right, I’m on it! 😉

    • Sunday 8 September, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Love the idea of A-Z. Hmm. Might take them to the zoo for that challenge. Half term maybe!

  • Sunday 8 September, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I totally love this idea.
    My 2 are really into scavenger and treasure hunts, and a photo one is something we have never tried.
    Do each of your 3 have their own cameras?
    We only have 1 instant camera, and I am sort of reluctant to let them loose with my DSLR… Maybe it could be a team project for us 🙂

    • Sunday 8 September, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      One has her own camera. The other two share a very basic one, so they tend to work as a team. It worked well as an activity. It’s the sort of activity that can be recycled over and over again, with a different list and a different setting. I know my children would like to do it again.

  • Monday 9 September, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    This is fabulous way to learn. I love the pictures.

    • Tuesday 10 September, 2013 at 9:21 am

      Thanks, Briony. They certainly had fun learning.

  • Thursday 12 September, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Brilliant idea! They got some fab pics. Stopping by from #countrykids 🙂

    • Friday 13 September, 2013 at 9:25 am

      I think they would go out, rain or shine, if it involved using a camera. 🙂

  • Friday 13 September, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    They got some cracking photos. I love the interpretations too 😆

    • Friday 13 September, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      It’s one of my most favourite things about being a parent, seeing their take on life and creativity. So unpredictable.

  • Saturday 14 September, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    oh this is a genius idea!!! i love it!!
    we are definitely going to have to borrow it and have a photo challenge of our own!

    • Monday 16 September, 2013 at 9:20 am

      It can be themed anyway that fits the moment. We’ll be doing it again, for sure.

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