Camera and Photography Gear Families and Kids will Love

Quirky accessories and photog advancements turn even the most technologically challenged family into photography know-it-alls. So, with May being National Photo Month, we found it fitting to do a “close-up” on some of the trendiest new developments. Get them started early with games and cameras for toddlers, or feed your tween’s paparazzo enthusiasm with cool camera swag. Love to take photos but can’t capture the attention of your child with your boring old DSLR? Solutions abound! Click on to see what innovations you’ve been missing out on.


LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Camera & Video Recorder

Your little animal just can’t keep his sticky hands off your camera, so why not get him his own? From LeapFrog, this add-on to the Leapster Explorer includes games and missions that will keep him busy for hours. With the ability to edit and store up to 1,000 photos and add things like stamps and drawings to the pictures, he’ll never want to play with your boring old digital again. That’s what we call a win-win! Recommended for ages 4-plus; find it on sale at Toys”R”Us for $14.98.


Alphabet Photo Frame Growth Chart

Instead of making permanent marks on the wall, track your child’s growth with photos! This handmade hanging height chart has a side for measurement – as well as four photo slots so you can remember exactly what they looked like when they begged you to see how tall they were for the 10th time that day. Or snap a Polaroid and swap in new pics all the time to prove to them that the broccoli you make them eat actually does help them grow big and strong. Find it via Etsy from Teamson Kids for $28.05.


Soap Cameras

Having trouble getting your child to participate in bath time? Get him interested in the tub with these adorable, handmade scented camera soaps by Scents of Humor Candles, selling for $4.99 each on Etsy. Available in four colors and scents: purple/Sandalwood, blue/Moonlight Path, yellow/Sun Shower and Orange/Sour Orange & Grapefruit.


I Shoot People T-Shirt

For the camera-obsessed teen in your home with a sense of humor: the “I Shoot People” T-shirt. Sarcastic, to-the-point and 100-percent cotton, this tee allows your child to show her personality and quirkiness with a direct message and bit of harmless shock value. Perfect for tween to adult ages who want a little drama to spice up their everyday uniform. Available from IceCream Tees via Etsy for $14.99 (limited time special: buy three tees, get the fourth free).


LifeProof iPhone Case

Your kid wants to take photos underwater, but you don’t want to shell out the cash for yet another toy that’ll get pushed to the back of the junk drawer. Make a smart investment by getting this case from LifeProof. It’s waterproof up to about 6 1/2 feet and has other cool qualities: It makes your kid’s fragile iPhone shockproof, and each case is individually tested before it’s shipped. Available in 13 colors, buy some piece of mind for $79.99 at


Smartphone Mount for DSLR

It can be a pain to capture toddlers’ smiles when their curious minds are busy looking at all the wonders of the world around them. Pull up their favorite video and cut the time it takes to snap a photo in half with the new DSLR mount from iCandy – and get back to playtime. (Or stream the game for your husband and capture his attention and that elusive smile when his team scores the big goal!) Nab it for $84.99.


Barbie Photo Fashion

It’s every little girl’s dream to be a Barbie doll – oh, the glamorous life of playing dress up every day! Now, your selfie-obsessed daughter can walk the runway any time she wants with Barbie Photo Fashion Doll by Mattel. This Barbie is actually a digital camera whose photos appear on her shirt. Comes fully equipped with a USB cable, rechargeable battery and stand. Ages 6-plus. Get it online from Target for $35.95.


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