If your child has been asking for a camera of his or her own, you might be wondering whether this will be just another toy or whether there are some real educational and developmental benefits for your child.

A digital camera could help your child with:-

 

  • Developing better hand-eye coordination skills, learning to master the controls
  • Fine motor skills development, manipulating buttons and controls
  • Social skills, talking about their pictures and getting others involved in participating in the photographs
  • Spatial awareness skills, framing a good shot, using the focus to zoom in and out when selecting the image to photograph
  • Organisation skills, arranging pictures in an album or into a ‘timeline’

 

The list goes on, but you can see the many and varied benefits for children of all ages, especially when an interested adult is on hand to talk about what is being photographed and to encourage the child to explore their own creativity. This shared time with a child is a wonderful way to develop relationships with a mutual hobby and to enable precious ‘me’ time for a child with busy parents.

 

Girl with a camera
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Let your children develop their creativity and express themselves by taking pictures with a camera of their own!

Cameras for Children of All Ages

The list goes on, but you can see the many and varied benefits for children of all ages, especially when an interested adult is on hand to talk about what is being photographed and to encourage the child to explore their own creativity. This shared time with a child is a wonderful way to develop relationships with a mutual hobby and to enable precious ‘me’ time for a child with busy parents.

Don't Choose The Camera You Would Like!

This brings me onto another important point. Too often, adults make the mistake of trying to choose a camera for their child using the criteria they would use if choosing one for themselves. You do need to think differently – first of all, models for younger children are basically an interactive toy. They need to be tough enough to withstand all that the average pre-schooler can dish out. They also need to be bright, appealing, captivating and easy to use.

 

So when buying a child’s camera, don’t choose what you would like, choose on the basis of the child’s age and abilities. Look for those extra features that add value, like a dual view-finder (easier to use for little children), a big, bright screen, easy to use controls, waterproof casing – and so on. Lastly, set yourself a budget; once you know which features you are looking for and which are going to be most valuable for your child, you can narrow down your search.

 

Online review sites can help you by pointing out the drawbacks as well as the benefits of various models. One final tip is that it’s a good idea to start looking well in advance of Christmas or the child’s birthday if it is to be a special present, as this will give you opportunity to snap up the best deals when they come along.