ICT in the Early Years
E2BN ICT in the Early Years

Ideas for using digital images

Some ideas

  • To record children's progress, to show their achievements both through processes as well as outcomes, for example as they complete a puzzle or build a model.
  • To communicate with parents - pictures on display and for documenting learning.
  • To include in display to reflect on with children and to engage them in future planning.
  • To promote children's self-esteem through showing them that they are at the heart of any setting.
  • To show familiar events. Photos can remind and reinforce children's learning through shared experiences.
  • Take photos on home visits to reassure children and to begin a dialogue about play and learning with families.
  • Photograph special events for the children to take home e.g. their birthday, their first day or a special day. 'Direct print' printers can speed up the process of printing photographs to use instantly.
  • Use laminated photos as a prompt, e.g. to see who is present each day.
  • Take a set of photos with children to show their own life story e.g. their family, their favourite activities, where they live. Incorporate into software and share through an IWB or digital photo frame.
  • Laminate and make place-mats for meal or snack times. These could also become a fund raising activity.
  • Reinforce your rules and routines through positive reinforcement by photographing sharing times, children taking turns and being kind to others.
  • Take sequences of photos to promote language development and story sequencing (e.g. yesterday today and tomorrow).
  • Take photos to promote specific vocabulary development such as possessive or positional language.
  • Use photos of children as characters in home-produced story boards.
  • Use photos to make letterheads, greetings cards and post cards to send home or share with others.
  • Take photos of features of the indoor and outdoor nursery environment and encourage children to find these places and describe them to others.
  • Ask children to take a photo of a friend in the setting, mount and ask the child to describe what their friend likes and what they like to do. If their friend says they are wrong ask how they can find out what their favourite things are.
  • Display pictures of the local environment and specific walks e.g. a texture walk.
  • Make picture matching games with children's favourite items.
  • Match photo sections like a jigsaw or use photos in 'Jigsaw' software.
  • Photograph numbers in the environment e.g. house numbers, car number plates or signs
  • Use photos for a birthday chart.
  • Use photos for PHSE e.g. feelings-matching happy faces, finding the opposite to sad etc
  • Take spot the difference pictures e.g. the book corner with and without the cushions, the sand tray with a missing sand wheel.
  • Take photos of 'tools of the trade' when visitors come in e.g. police with their bikes and clothing, nurses or doctors.
  • Take photos outdoors to show the changing seasons, particularly if you have a tree which is prominent and sheds it leaves.
  • Use digital still and moving images in PowerPoint for presentations at parents' evenings, open days, staff, governor or committee meetings or to show the children.