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Learning With a Camera

With a digital camera, your child can shoot to her heart's content. (No expensive film processing!) But is she ready to use a camera?

Yes! "Kids this age have better finger dexterity, hand-eye coordination, ability to focus, and attention to detail than they did as preschoolers," says Carl Arinoldo, Ph.D., a child psychologist in Stony Brook, NY.

To get her snapping:

Have her tell a story with her photos. Your child's pictures can be about cleaning her room, or dressing up the dog.

Assign photo shoots. Have your child shoot things in the house that are circle-shaped, blue, or start with the letter "A."

Look at her photos together. Ask questions about them, like "Why did you shoot this from far away?" and "How were you feeling when you took this?" Showing interest in her work will keep her inter-ested in taking pictures.