Going on a Photo Safari with Kids

Updated: Apr 5, 2021

One of my favorite family activities is going on a photo safari with Chris and Julia. When Julia turned four years old, I put an easy-to-use digital camera in her hands, knowing that it may break. Sure, it was a risk to give such a young child a camera, but as a result, I was able to see the world through the eyes of a young child.

The cost of film and batteries would have cost a small fortune when I was growing up, but with modern digital technology, this hobby can be less than $100. Even better, if you have a camera that you aren't using, you can hand it over to your child. By replacing traditional batteries with rechargeable ones, this hobby is virtually free.

Little Julia would take photos of crayons, car wheels, and other small details that we would overlook because she was closer to the ground. By the time she was 5, we had entered a few of her photos into the Santa Barbara Fair & Expo for her age category, and she received 1st place ribbons in every class she entered. This feeling of winning and being acknowledged for her art by total strangers built up her self-confidence and pride. Even at 11 ½ years old, She often reminds me how she won the photo competitions that year when my photos only received 2nd and 3rd place ribbons.

Do you have an old digital camera that is sitting in your closet? If so, why not donate it to your local kindy (that’s what we call pre-schools in Australia), or better yet, give the camera to a young child that you know. If they are young, be sure that a parent is always with them because the batteries are easy to remove and are hazardous if swallowed. The world that you will see through their eyes will be full of wonder and beauty… or maybe just a cup of crayons.

Nowadays, our photo safaris primarily take place in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Our favorite stop is Cleland Wildlife Park, where we can hand-feed kangaroos, wallabies, emus, and birdlife in their native habitat. Sure, we have many of these animals on our property just down the road from the park, but the animals that live with us are wild and skittish, so it could be dangerous to get as close to them. If you would like to go with me on a virtual tour of the park, I’d be happy to show you around. Just visit my store and book a virtual tour.

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