84 Kids Photography, Art and Writing Prompts

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84 Kids Photography, Art and Writing Prompts

Welcome to Earth Cadets Education Kids Photography, Art  and Writing Prompts or Challenges for February!

That’s 28 x 3 challenges for each day of February.

Which equals to 84 challenges!

The UK is currently on lockdown with many schools closed. Or just open to vulnerable kids and those who have parents/carers with essential jobs.  Many countries around the world are in the same situation.

The Earth Cadets Education challenges can be used as quick, fun, time filler ideas or as breaks from school work.84 Kids Photography, Art and Writing Prompts

Or even use the challenges as longer activities that stretch your child’s creativity and imagination.

I have given three challenge options of photography, art and writing. However, your child can take part in all three or just one or two depending on their interests.

Even though I have included 3 challenges per day why not span the challenges over 84 days?

So just one challenge a day and extend the fun and learning!

All challenges are suitable for kids from the first years of school through to teenage years. For younger kids they may need more explanation and supervision. Feel free to modify prompts to your child’s ability and needs.

Older kids can delve more deeply into their challenges!Kids Photography Art and Writing Prompts

Most prompts are in tune with Februarys special days, festivals, and traditions so are especially relevant and helps maintain your child’s connection with community and global events during our various lockdowns and restrictions.

And best of all the prompts provide enriching activities without spending any money.

I hope you all enjoy these challenges and prompts. I know I did creating and researching for them!

Your child is about to start an exciting adventure where they will learn about Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, Radios, Batteries, Pancake day, Candlemas, Polar bears, Chinese New Year, Buddhism, Lent, Friendships, Valentines day, Empathy, Thanking essential workers, Fair Trade Fortnight, Wildlife Journalism and Tortilla chips!

I have included links to external sites for more information, research, activities and tutorials. As well as colouring pages, poems and stories.

All links were working when I last checked. Please report any broken links. Many thanks!

84 Kids Photography Art and Writing Prompts

Enjoy!

1st February
National Freedom Day (US)

Photography:
Take a photo of any nature you find outside that looks free and happy! Perhaps the birds swinging on the washing line or fence, a flower bud waiting to burst open, or even a dog prancing happily in the park.

Art:
What do you think freedom means? Draw a picture that illustrates your ideas.

Writing:
Read the poem Freedom. Compose your own poem about freedom.
penguin
2nd
Candlemas

Photography:
Gather up everything you can find at home that illustrates light and arrange these items in a creative composition. Take some cool photos. Think about shadows and how these affect your photos.

Art:
Sketch a still life picture of the objects collected. Or draw/paint a picture of your house from 2 perspectives and compare: one picture of what your house looks like at night and the second what your house looks like during day time. Add night time and daytime animals, etc to your pictures.

Writing:
Your in a deep dream. Your walking down a dark tunnel and suddenly there is blinding, bright light at the end. You step out...what happens next?
bridge
3rd
Spring is on its way and nature is beginning to get busy! New growth is everywhere.

Photography:
Line up all your family's shoes from biggest to smallest and snap a photo! Next year in January try to remember and snap another photo of your line up of shoes and see who has grown the most!!

Art:
Draw a flying shoe with this tutorial. Or design a pair of fantastical shoes of your dreams. Or colour in one of these Hermes pictures, the Greek god that sported a pair of winged shoes!

Writing:
One day your shoes decided to flap out the window. You shout for your shoes to come back and they flap back. Suddenly your flying shoes are on your feet! You feel yourself floating! What happens next?
save the bees
4th
Photography:
try to find the smallest thing in your house and snap a photo! This make take some thinking and deliberation as to what is the actual smallest thing in your house!

Art:
Create a dot art tree with this tutorial . Otherwise known as pointillism!

Writing:
Your outside chasing bubbles in your garden. Suddenly you find yourself shrinking to the size of a dot! The grass now towers above you! What happens next?
5th

Photography:

Gather up some coins/loose change and arrange them in a creative pose for an artistic photograph! Think about shade/light/perspective and try photographing from different angles.

Art:
Using paper and crayon or pencil take some 'rubbings' from the coins. Use different colours and try create a picture either an abstract one, or for example create a self-portrait or your house from coin rubbings! Use other textured objects from around your home and take rubbings.

Writing:
Hans Christian Anderson wrote a story about a silver shilling. You can read the translation here. Write a story detailing your own adventure as a copper two pence piece!
6th

Today is the last day of National Storytelling Week! The first day being the 30th January.

Photography:
Using props found around your house, take photos that tell a story. Perhaps create a little book with your photos, Either an existing story or one you made up. Lego, play mobile, toy figures, plasticine models, barbies,. etc are all perfect for story telling. Listen to the BBCs collection of Aesop's moral fables for inspiration!

Art:
Design a new book cover cover for your favourite story.

Writing:
Turn your favourite story into a poem! Recite your poem to your family.
Check out this storytelling writing competition!

boy and camera
7th

Charles Dickens Day!

Photography:
Charles Dickens lived in the Victorian era which was famous for its stern looking portrait photographs. Have a look at some of these Dickens portraits and then take your own selfie in the same Victorian style! Why not craft a moustache just like Dickens?!

Art:
Have a look at these Victorian clothes for kids images. clothes for kids images. Design your own Victorian era inspired outfit that you could wear today!

Writing:
Charles Dickens wrote about 14,000 letters during his lifetime! Write a letter or email to a friend or family member that you might not be able to see regularly due to various lockdowns and restrictions. Tell your recipient what you have been up to lately! Even if it just includes stuff like what you had for dinner! The novelty of receiving a letter or email will add joy to your friend or family members day!
8th

Photography:
Today you are a photography wildlife media journalist! Go outside and try track down the latest gossip happening in nature! Maybe a new pair of starlings have moved in and taken over another starlings nesting spot? And now their arguing! See what nature you can spot and create an imaginative story with your photo!

Art: Your still a wildlife media journalist but you dropped your camera in a puddle! Now you have to quickly sketch the exciting event that just happened outside so that you don't forget any details and have an image for your report!

Writing: Write up an exciting news report about an event that just happened outside in the natural world. Read these
10 top tips tips for kids writing a media report from FirstNews

sofa
9th

February is a time for cosy family nights in watching movies while the wind howls outside.

Photography:

Create a den out of household objects, Snap a photo!

Art:
If you made a den can you create a junk model of a creature that lives in the den? Use anything you are allowed to from your home. Alternatively draw some pictures of animals that live in caves , dens and burrows. Either fantasy or real. Dragons live in caves, don't they?

Writing:
Your walking to school one day and a tiny mouse pops its head out of a tiny burrow in the hedgerow. It opens it mouth and squeaks 'help!' What do you do?

Chipmunk

Chipmunk

10th

Tomorrow is Make a Friend Day!

Photography:
look out any photos of friends you have. Make a friendship collage with your photos. Use magazines and cut out pictures of people, cartoons, etc of those who look like they would be good friends. Add these to your collage. Take a photo of your finished collage. Email it to your friends!

Art:
Create the collage above. This site has a friendship collage activity for younger kids.
Or try some
bubble writing writing using words related to friendship. Such as kindness, empathy, best friends, friendship, good, etc. Colour your bubble words with lovely patterns.

Writing:
Send messages to your friends just to say 'hi' and ask how they are. Its important to maintain friendships especially when we can't meet up physically. Find out about pen pals from around the world.Check out these lovely friendship poems poems and maybe have a go at composing your own!
11th
Chinese New Year starts tomorrow!

Photography: Write your name in Chinese characters and snap a photo!

Art:
Learn how to draw a cute Ox, Chinese Red envelopes containing money, are usually given as gifts at Chinese New Year. Craft your own red money envelopes money envelopes but instead of money place a piece of paper with your choice of words written on for a gift. For example write 'love' 'friendship' 'kindness' 'good luck' 'confidence' etc and that is what you are giving to your loved one!

Writing:
Compile a fact file all about the Ox.

cow
12th

International Darwin Day!

Photography:
Darwin discovered many new species during his voyages. Go outside and discover/photograph at least 3-5 species of bird. of bird.

Art:
Sketch 3-5 different species of bird from your local area and try to identify them. Sketches can just be very quick impressions and will be perfect for including in a nature journal.

Writing:
Its the 1800s and you've just been discovered aboard a pirate ship hiding in a barrel as a stow-away! What happens next? How did you get in the barrel in the first place?! Perhaps you are a young naturalist looking for adventure and new species?

darwin

Charles Darwin

13th

World Radio Day! Commemorate 110 years of the radio bringing the world together!

Photography:
Find all your radio sources in your home and snap a photo of yourself with them or just the radios! Think TV, computers, stereos, car, phone, even Amazon Alexa's!

Art:
Listen to this podcast about sound waves from Fun Kids digital radio. Create a wavy artwork using lots of waves! Like this Van Gogh Starry night art project. art project. Or be inspired by the ideas over on Tate Kids

Writing:
Write up your own radio show show/segment. It could be a news bulletin, a story/play or an interview with someone famous. You could even voice record your show on a family members phone if possible. Or narrate your show yourself. Treat your family to your radio show! If you have more than one person on your radio show but just yourself then practice different voices and play everyone! Listen to some of these children's radio shows from BBC Sounds. for inspiration.
14th

Valentines Day!

Photography:
Collect a variety of objects that represent love, comfort, warmth, care or friendship. Arrange these and take photos. Items such as cosy blankets, hot water bottles, love heart shaped items, friendship bracelets, teddies, etc.

Art:
Design a Valentines Day card for someone you love e.g. can be your mum, dad, sibling, pet, grandparent etc.

Writing:
Compose an appreciative love poem for a family member or just for yourself to keep! What do you love about yourself? Check out these love poems for kids for inspiration.

kid
15th

Nirvana Day!
A yearly Buddhist festival to celebrate Buddha achieving Nirvana.
The link above to Bitesize has a useful video explaining what Nirvana is.

Photography:
Look for amazing patterns in nature and within your home to photograph. Think spirals, hexagons, kites, tessellations, zigzags, waves, circles, etc. Perhaps compile a mood board collage of shapes and colours from your photos. Either do this digitally or print out your photos if possible.

Art:
Buddhists use Mandalas to help them meditate. Print out this Mandala colouring page. Can you design your own Mandala?

Writing:
Buddhists believe in 4 4 Noble truths that they use to help guide their life. Think about what you value, appreciate and believe in and write down your 4 things that help you have a happy life. For example your family, pets, friends. kindness, education, bravery, or even your play station or phone! Or simply just write about 4 of your favourite things! For inspiration check out these short bedtime stories with value themes.

literary activism for kids
16th

Pancake Day!

Photography: Making pancakes ? Take step-by-step photographs of you or a family member making pancakes. Put your photos all together to create a 'how-to' guide to make pancakes. Or take a photo of your own or shop bought pancake decorated as creatively as possible!

Art:
You enter a design a pancake contest. Draw your design as fantastical as possible!

Writing:
Your out walking with your family when suddenly a ginormous pancake rolls over the hill and down the street coming towards you! It has a studded raisin mouth, strawberry eyes and kiwi nose! It starts to say something to you...what happens next?!
Kids Cook! Vegetarian Vegan Shepherd's Pie!
17th

Ash Wednesday Wednesday

Photography:
Take a photo of each of your meals for today!

Art:
What do you think kids will be eating for dinner in 100 years? Sketch out a plate detailing your meal of the future.

Writing:
On this day many Christians decide to fast. If you had to give up one food forever what would it be? Write a paragraph explaining why you would give this food up. Is there a favourite food that you couldn't give up? Write about why you enjoy it so much.
18th

Yesterday marked the beginning of lent Which marks when Jesus went into the desert for 40 days and nights.

Photography:
Look around your home and local area for cross and plus +shapes (hint look carefully at your family's furniture do they have hidden crosses/pluses? Does your local church have a cross outside? Take a photo or a few snaps to create a collage.

Art:
Celtic cross often have elaborate patterns. Design your own Celtic cross.

Writing:
Your family's car breaks down on your recent trip to the dessert! Write a few diary entries about your weekend llost in the dessert and how your family was eventually rescued!
30 Days of Nature-Eco Photography Journaling Prompts
19th

The 17th was Random act of Kindness Day but we marked Ash Wednesday so Kindness Day is now on 19th for us! Because kindness belongs to every day! And this week is Kindness Week anyhow!

Photography:
Take a selfie of yourself with a big smile and email/message 'bomb' it to all your family and close friends, just to say 'hi' and brighten up their day with your awesome smile!

Art:
Print out this Kindness colouring page or create your own Kindness colouring page. Make 2 copies so that someone else can enjoy colouring your art also!

Writing:
Write a paragraph explaining to a school bully about why its important that they should be kind instead.
20th

National (US) Love Your Pet Day!

Photography:
Take a snap of your pet if you have one! Or get creative and take a snap of any wildlife visitors to your garden or local neighbourhood. Or even your neighbours cat or dog. Animal companions can come in all sizes even spiders or worms!

Art:
Draw or paint a picture of your ideal pet. This could be fantastical. Maybe your ideal pet would have a dogs head, kangaroos body and an elephants trunk?! If you don't have a pet sketch a picture of your future ideal animal companion.

Writing:
Compile a booklet or leaflet for a companion animal of your choice. Detail it full of information about the animals needs, feeding requirements, sleeping arrangements, exercise, etc., for potential owners to read. Check out these resources from the BlueCross for ideas.


corgi

Corgi

21st

Photography:
Write a short letter of appreciation to your postal person, couriers, milk person, refuse collector, anyone who delivers goods or provides essential services to your home. Sellotape it to your front door so that they can read it. Take a photo of your letter and post to social media so others can be inspired by your random act of kindness!

Art:
learn how to draw a postal person with this YouTube tutorial.

Writing:

Write the appreciation letter mentioned above! Or pretend that you are the postal person, courier, milk person, or refuse collector and you have just received a letter of appreciation. How do you feel? Write a paragraph detailing your feelings, thoughts and reactions, Learn more about empathy.

nature eco writing prompts
22nd

The beginning of Fair trade Fortnight!

Art and Writing:
Submit artwork or writing for a chance to be part of Fairtrade's online youth exhibition! Theme is 'share your vision of the world you want' Even if you don't submit a piece it is still worthwhile to do a piece of artwork or writing for your own enjoyment.

Photography:
Take a photo of your favourite place to be in your local area. Or favourite object, landmark, nature such as a special tree, etc. Explain to your parents/carers about why it is special to you.

forest
23rd

One of Fairtrade Fortnights campaigns is #showthelove with your community One of the ideas is to exchange ideas and knowledge with your local community and work together to tackle climate change.

Photography:
Snap a few photos of litter around your local area. Use these photos to create a poster that encourages your community to avoid dropping litter and why litter affects climate change.

Art:
Design a poster highlighting the ways members of your community can help other vulnerable members I.e. collecting prescriptions, shopping, posting letters, etc. Perhaps include the importance of checking that elderly neighbours are safe and well.

Writing:
Prepare a speech that can be given virtually about why local food banks/community food shares/community kitchens are a necessity. Does your local community have a food share? Where the aim is to reduce local food waste and is open for all to access. If not then write a letter to your local council/MP highlighting why a local food share would help climate change and reduce food waste.
recycle
24th

Tortilla Chip Day!

Photography:
Tortilla chips originate from Mexico. Mexico's flag colours are green, white and red, Collect items from around your house in these three colours and create the Mexican flag with your items! Snap a photo,

Art:
Design a new brand/flavour of tortilla chip/crisp that will be the worlds new favourite! Label your tortilla chip with details of its colour, ingredients, texture, flavour, shape etc. What will its packaging look like? Include a sketch of your new wonder tortilla packaging. How much will you charge for your tortilla chips?

Writing:
You find yourself in a bowl a bit flat, crisp and salty! Your a tortilla chip! Write a short story detailing how you escape being eaten! Alternatively create a fact file all about Mexico.
25th

We use so many batteries in our everyday life that it can be easy to take them for granted. However it can be fascinating to discover just how many items in our houses use batteries and how they work.

Photography:
Go on a battery scavenger hunt and collect (safely) items with batteries for a photo shoot! Think watches, clocks, remote controls, phones, tablets, radios, etc! Though you may have to photo some batteries in situ like a car battery and smoke alarm battery! Why not have a battery exhibition at home? Prepare tickets for your family!

Art:
Learn how to draw draw a battery. Can you draw a family of batteries? Give them some limbs, a face, etc! Where would your family of batteries live?

Writing:
One day all the batteries suddenly stopped working! And engineers couldn't fix them for 10 years! How is daily life different without them? Write up some diary entries!

Bonus activity: compile a leaflet about the safe use of batteries!

phone
26th

Tell a Fairy Tale Day!

Photography:
Using props from around your house take a series of photos that tell a fairy tale. If possible print them out and create a simple book by sticking your photos on paper and writing captions. Or create your book online in a document. Share your story with your family. You could even email it to extended family and friends.

Art:

Create your own cartoon fairy tale. Either make one up or base your fairy tale on your favourite fairy tale. Sketch out boxes onto paper for you to fill with your cartoon story. Check out this free online online cartoon maker

Writing:
Think about your favourite fairy tale. Rewrite the ending! Such as what would happen to Cinderella if she decided she didn't want to marry the prince? Or if Goldilocks decided she did like the big bowl of porridge after all? Or if the three billy goats gruff made friends with the scary misunderstood troll under the bridge?!
girl
27th

International Polar Bear Day

Photography:
Female polar bears have their cubs in snug dens. Have a look around your neighbourhood and try to deduce where the local wildlife's dens, nests and burrows may be. Snap photos of possible dens, nests, little hidey holes, etc.

Art:
Design a poster highlighting the plight of the polar bears and share on social media if possible. Don't forget to #earthcadetseducation @earthcadetseducation We would love to see your work!

Writing:
Research and compose a fact file for polar bears.
polar bear
28th

The last day of February!

Photography:
Photograph any signs of coming spring! Snowdrops, early daffodils, tulips, buds, little seedlings, etc.

Art:
Sketch the signs of spring that you observe within your local area.
For inspiration check out what is available to forage in February and March over on the Woodland Trust site. You don't have to eat your finds! Just sketch and photograph!

Writing:

Compose a poem about the joys of spring and what it will bring!
For inspiration for read this cute story about one girls search for the spirit of spring
legoman and camera

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