Photography Games for Children

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Photography Games for Children
Photography games exist both offline and online for those unable to access a camera. (film-camera on camera-bag image by Andrii Oleksiienko from

Photography can be a fascinating subject for children to explore, and games featuring photos can either involve kids taking the shots themselves or else examining photos as part of the game. Games can use real cameras, and there are a range of photography-based games online which allow kids to manipulate virtual cameras or photos. Some of these games will require adult supervision, at least initially.

Mystery Objects

This game is based around the mystery object photos often seen in quizzes. An adult should organise the game by taking a bunch of photos beforehand of objects close up. Then challenge the children to identify the actual object in the photo. Potential subjects for these photos include mundane household objects, animals and even places in the local area. Afterward, kids can create their own close-up shots and challenge friends to play the game.


This game requires each child to possess a camera of their own to play and works best with cameras featuring digital memories on which can play back photos. An adult or one of the children should decide on a category --- for example, red cars or pets --- for the players to take photos of, and then set a time limit; an hour for instance. The players must then race to take as many photos of different subjects of that category within the time set, with the winner being the child with the most on their camera.

Spot The Difference

These puzzle games are typically found online, and feature two photographs, one of which has been modified to alter a few details. The aim of the game is to guess what's different between the first and second versions of the photo. Players typically click on each difference to score points. These games are available for free through a variety of websites. The Spot The Difference website, for example, features photos of landmarks and steam trains to play with.

Underwater Camera Quest

This online game features cartoon graphics and puts the player in charge of operating a virtual underwater camera. The player can explore several different environments, including a system of coral reefs, with the aim of taking snapshots of a variety of marine life. As each creature swims past, the player must click the mouse to take a photo. Getting a shot of all of the marine creatures required allows the player to complete the stage.

Snap Shot

This online web browser game tests how fast and how accurately a player can take a photo. During the game, different subjects will move from the right side of the screen to the left. The player must click to take a photo at the right time so that the subject is fully in frame. Taking an awry snap will cause the player to lose one of her three lives, while a perfect shot progresses the player to the next stage.

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