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Toy Camera

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Calling all shutterbugs! This toy camera is perfect for little ones who are not quite ready for the real thing. As you make it together, talk about what to photograph. Friends and family, or a rare animal? Or maybe an image of an imaginary friend? Whatever the scenario, this craft will spark lots of engaging conversations and creative play.
Toy Camera
What You’ll Need
  • Cardboard tube
  • Glue
  • Small box (we used a mini cereal box)
  • Washi tape (patterned masking tape, found in crafts stores)
  • Scissors
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tape
  • Ribbon
What You'll Do
  1. Cut a 2-inch section from a cardboard tube and glue it to the center of the box to make a camera lens.
  2. Cover the camera and camera lens with washi tape.
  3. Cut a small rectangular hole above the lens on the front of the box. Then cut out a rectangular hole in the same spot on the back of the box to create a viewfinder.
  4. Tape plastic wrap over the two holes to cover.
  5. On the sides of the box, glue the ends of a ribbon long enough to use as a shoulder strap.
Extend the Fun

Younger kids: This is a great toy for the dramatic play corner at home. Your child can “take photos” or sling the camera around his neck as he waits to capture the right moment. Ask him who he’s pretending to be, and talk about the different professions that use cameras. Explore various photos by looking in the newspaper, a magazine, or in a book. 

Older kids: Decorations are great for reflecting your child’s interests and passions. Encourage your child to make this camera and display it in her room as a symbol of her interest in photography. Place it in a shadow box with a background of some of her favorite photos, and it becomes homemade art that she can hang up and be proud of.  

 

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