One of the gifts Aidan received for his birthday was this:
It is a pretty cool V-Tech Kidizoom camera. It has already been dropped a few times (little sister got her hands on it) and still works great - seems to be very tough. Aidan was super excited to have his very own camera and I think it is cool to see things from his perspective. It took a few tries (and pictures of people's feet or half their body) to understand how to line everything up to get a good shot, but he caught on pretty quick.
The weekend after he got the camera my mom and sister took him on an adventure to Kansas to the Sedgwick County Zoo. My aunt happens to work there and gave them a great tour with a few little extra special treats (like riding around in one of those fancy golf cart things, getting to hold a canvas while an elephant painted them a picture). Aidan was sure to take his camera so he would be able to take pictures for his new adventure scrapbook grandma gave him for the trip.
Here is Aidan taking a picture of the giraffes.
Here is that picture of the giraffes. Not the highest quality image, but it is certainly fun for a 4 year old!
It is also fun to see his pictures taken from his perspective on the world. Here is his picture of the tortoise:
And here is my sister's:
You can't even see those massive bars between her and the tortoise, but it takes up half of his picture! Not only is it fun to see Aidan enjoying something so much, but it is also a great reminder for me to take time to get down and see things from his perspective once in awhile. Sometimes I forget how hard it must be to be little and not be able to see things a certain way or get things your way. I know I am getting a little too philosophical over a picture, but I think it just serves (at least for me) as a reminder to get down on his level more to see things from his perspective.
Oh, and the camera also has different effects he can add like frames or funny hats and has a few games on it as well. We haven't experimented too much with that yet, just enjoying the camera aspect of it for now!