How to keep kids off your phone camera.

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A simple, affordable, and effective way to keep your kids off your phone camera.
Add in a little learning, too!

Do your kids ask constantly to take pictures with your phone?

“Mom, can I take a picture of insert toy here with your phone?”

ideas to keep your kids from using your phone camera.

Buy them their very own digital camera. You might be thinking “I can’t afford to buy my kids a digital camera.” Oh, but you can!

If you have spent any time on this blog then you know that I frequent yard sales and thrift stores quite often. Hunting for those thrifty treasures. (I use the hashtag #mythriftytreasures when I broadcast on Periscope)

I recently was at a yard sale and stumbled upon a Canon Digital Camera. Complete with instruction booklet, and an SD card. It even had batteries in it so I could turn in on and test it out. The digital camera was in excellent condition. The best part about this find was that it was $5. Yes, you read that correctly. 5 dollars!

I snagged it up and immediately thought “THIS WILL KEEP THEM OFF MY PHONE!”

Quite often you will hear a video recording going on in the kitchen while our 11 year old is baking. One of her brothers will be the camera man. It sounds like an episode from the Food Network channel in there! Now they can record all they want or take pictures of their toys and it won’t take up space on my phone. And, It won’t make me feel guilty deleting them.

Keeping kids off your phone camera.

There are more benefits to them having their own digital camera then just the obvious. They can use this as a tool for learning, as well.

Here are 10 reasons a digital camera is a good tool for your homeschool.

  1. There is the responsibility of taking care of an electronic.
  2. It forces them to become decisions makers. There is only so much space on the SD card. When they are snapping pics one after the other – it fills up quickly. They have to decide which pictures to keep and which to delete.
  3. By learning how to operate this electronic it will help them with other electronics in the future.
  4. They can learn some of the basics to photography. Learning patience, a steady hand, and lighting when taking pictures.
  5. Learning terms that they would otherwise be unfamiliar with by reading the instruction manual.
  6. Learn how to find information in the instruction manual. This can also help them for future research.
  7. This could potentially introduce them to a budget. They can’t print out every picture on their SD card if they do not have enough money. Teaching them compromise and possibly saving for pictures they want to develop.
  8. If you have a child that is interested in scrapbooking, this is a good way to learn what pictures to take and how to use them for ideas for pages they might want to make.
  9. This can encourage children to get out and do bird watching and go on nature walks. They are able to snap pictures of what they see and what interests them.
  10. Turn those nature pictures into a creative writing activity. After bird watching or nature walks they can view their pictures on the computer and even print them. Create journal pages with their pictures and writing. Always a good thing!

As you can see, there are many reasons why finding a digital camera (at a great price, of course) is a beneficial tool for you and your children.

You really don’t need to worry if they drop it and happens to break. There might be tears shed that the camera is broken but there won’t be heartache for your wallet.

So get out and hit those yard sales or thrift stores. Find a digital camera for your child to use. You just might be amazed at how well they learn to use it.

A thrifty find - Keep your kids off your phone and giving them a digital camera.

*Bonus: it keeps them busy for a very long time. A real sanity saver for those busy days when you need a little Mom time. Make it a treat for them and they won’t get tired of it right away.

Good luck!
Let me know if you score a digital camera for your littles to use. 
How will you use it?



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  1. I so wish we lived closer! I’d love to go thrift in with you! I’m glad you wrote a post on this!!

  2. I can’t wait to dust off our old digital camera & keep our boys busy! I think I am going to give them a scavenger hunt list or “assignments” & see what they come up with! Thanks so much for sharing over at The Homeschool Nook!
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  3. My daughter uses a digital camera in her homeschool. She has a Youtube channel, and she is required to create a video, edit it, upload it, create a thumbnail, and market it on social media at least once a week. I can’t tell you how much she has learned! A camera is an awesome homeschool tool! Great post!

  4. I love this idea, Amanda!
    This is why I just adore when readers leave me comments like this. I love that you shared that idea about your daughter’s Youtube channel and all that she is responsible for doing in her lesson. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing that with us.

  5. My son won a GoPro from our dentist and it keeps him busy for hours. He is really good now at making and editing movies because of this. Getting their own camera helps cultivate their creativity in a fun new way.

  6. Great ideas on getting kids their own camera! I gave my son an old digital camera after he kept asking to take pictures on my phone. He loves it!

  7. Thank you, Erin! Kids adore the freedom of taking their own pictures, don’t they? Thanks for stopping by.

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