I've mentioned before that my kids spend many hours pouring over Where's Waldo and Seek and Find books.
Last week, as I was looking at some books, and some of the junky areas throughout our home, I realized it might be fun to set up the tripod and create a few Different Pictures from our own home! This is a fun project that can be as simple, or as complex as you want to make it. For our purposes today, I kept it simple.
I set up the tripod in several areas of the house where there was plenty of messy detail and added an object here and there. I chose to photograph the kitchen counter, a pile of laundry, a bookshelf, and a few things in the toy room. If you don't have a tripod, you can still make it work but it will be difficult to take a photo in the same location without altering positions.
I took my first picture, then went in and added or removed objects. It was fun trying to make some obvious changes, and other more discreet changes. For example, in the kitchen I replaced a pop-tart box, opened the coffee pot, rolled down the paper-towel, flipped the banana tree, etc. Depending on the age and observation abilities of your kids, you could add more difficult changes in your second picture.
I uploaded the pictures and put them in a collage format so that my kids could view them side by side. If you don't want to mess with that, simply print 2 photos and let the kids view them next to each other. Since I printed them on paper, I just let them circle the changes they observed and had them keep a tally on the side. My big guy has been working on keeping tallies at school and they have been counting things all over the house lately.
They had a great time observing all the differences and were especially thrilled when they caught something small that they didn't notice at first glance. I was thinking that if you wanted to save computer paper and ink (or if you just have a lot of time on your hands!) you might even order some inexpensive prints and put your photos into a little book as a gift or for your kids to do in the car. Another option is if you have any type of tablet, simply save the photos and let your kids make observations from the digital photos or on the computer itself.
This was a successful observation activity that the kids enjoyed and asked to do again!