My good friend Tatum once told me about the greatest idea. She told me how she made little cameras out of empty pudding boxes and used leftover lids for buttons and whatnot. 'Twas a right genius idea, so when Q and I hosted playgroup at our house recently, I made some little recycled cameras for all the kiddies.
What you do is gather little pudding/jello/soup mix boxes and various-sized lids. Then you spray paint the camera parts to your liking (or according to what you have on hand, like I did). Remember to cut off one side of the box, leaving an opening. When all the parts are dry, you slap them together with a little dollop of hot glue. Then you give all the little kidlets plenty of pre-cut scrap paper "film" to store in their cameras. Next you set them up on the table with their scrap paper and instruct them to draw pictures of different things they want to photograph. And last, you let them run around being little creative photographers. It works pretty much like a Polaroid. Only cheaper. By a long shot. Plus they don't take real pictures. Just as a disclaimer.
Thanks Tatum, that was an awesome, awesome idea. So easy. So fun. Such a great imagination-inducer. And so GREEN! Right?!
Small recycled cardboard boxes such as jello/pudding boxes
Various lids including milk jug lids, bottle caps, etc.
Spray paint (I used black and a metallic silver)
Pieces of paper cut to fit inside camera