Last Christmas I finally relented and bought my older son a Fisher Price Kid Tough Camera.
After vowing that he would ‘learn to look after fragile things’ and not need a play version of adult small appliances, I quickly learned the error of my ways once a $400 camera had bitten the dust, accidentally dropped whilst the lens was protruding. He just loves taking photos and it’s something I wanted to encourage without risking my expensive equipment.
Life has been a bit less stressful since the Kid Tough camera came
to live with us. He happily cavorts around the house taking pictures of
everything and anything, and I don’t need to follow him around warning
him to be careful with it. He truly has free reign and has taken
some great photos that simply wouldn’t exist if we hadn’t bought it.
The photos aren’t the same quality as on your normal digital camera,
but the kids don’t seem to care or even notice. For them, it’s all
about the moment – the action of taking the picture and seeing it come
up on the 1.3" screen. Uploading is a breeze and with them involved,
gets them comfortable with technology they will use for years to come.
It does have all the features of your own camera such as 8mb of
in-built memory plus facility for an SD card, and then there are those
child-specific features like two-eyed viewing windows, large
non-slip handgrips, waterproof casing and large buttons for tiny