Have You Taken A School Photo With Toys?

Matt Brown
Jul 09, 2024 By Matt Brown
Originally Published on Jun 25, 2020
Soft toys heaped on the bed ready and waiting to get organised for a school photo.

Many of us have had to homeschool our preschoolers. You might even have enrolled some of your child's toys to act as their classmates.

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So why not take things to the next level and arrange a "class photograph" with toys?

With junior's help, bring together all the toys you'd like to appear in the photograph. For infants, this could be a complete collection of their soft toys. For older children, it might be Barbie dolls or action figures.

Next arrange them in neat rows, with the taller toys at the back -- much like in a traditional school photograph. We found it particularly good fun to place the toys in groups so that, for example, all the teddy bears sit together, while the rabbits form another cluster.

Your little one could also pose for the camera, perhaps in the centre of the group.

Take your snap. Try to make sure that all the toy classmates are fully visible. You may need to use your camera's panoramic setting to fit everything in. And take photographs from several angles as you might not notice that a toy has become hidden until you come to note down their names.

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This light-hearted project is a bag of fun for both parents and kids, plus it has long-term value. You'll be very glad you did this in about 20 years' time when many of the names will have receded from memory.

My family also discovered that child number 1 has way more soft toys than we ever imagined. Time for a rethink next Christmas.

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Written by Matt Brown

Bachelor of Science specializing in Chemistry, Master of Research specializing in Biomolecular Sciences

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Matt BrownBachelor of Science specializing in Chemistry, Master of Research specializing in Biomolecular Sciences

With a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and a Master's in Residency specializing in Biomolecular Sciences and roots in the Midlands, Matt has developed a passion for writing about London. As a former editor and prolific contributor to Londonist.com, he has authored several books exploring the city's hidden gems. In addition to his work, Matt enjoys spending time with his two preschool-aged children.

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