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Roll Around The Block - Melbourne Now's Children's Festival

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by Rebecca Bowyer (subscribe)
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Create art with your kids in your own neighbourhood
Got a budding photographer between the ages of 2 and 12? Or simply looking for an activity for the kids on school holidays?

Turn your neighbourhood into a work of art with Roll Around The Block, part of Melbourne Now's Children's Festival.

Roll around the block
Mud pie mix in red bucket

Proudly presented by Meetoo and tiny & little, the idea is based on the old-fashioned 24 photo "roll" of film.

Kids between the ages of 2 and 12 are encouraged to grab a photographic device (eg. camera, phone, tablet), pick a "block" and shoot a "roll" of photos (ie. 24 photos). The "block" can be literally your own block in your neighbourhood, or a chosen other location, such as the local playground, the zoo or any other outing.

Roll around the block
Secret green strawberries, growing in the shade

Once you've picked your favourite few, upload them by 23 January 2014 to Facebook or Instagram including the hashtags #rollaroundtheblock and #melbournenow. Selected outstanding works will be displayed at the NGV International during the Children's Festival from 18 - 26 January 2014. Full details on how to enter here.

The wonderful thing about selecting a "block" is that it doesn't have to be the adult version of interesting. I gave my 3 year old son the choice of where and what to photograph and he chose his own backyard. The resulting photos really helped to remind me of the significant difference between what is important to adults and what fascinates our kids.

All photos in this article were taken as part of my son's own Roll Around the Block.

Roll around the block
Sssh! I can see Mum and Pa on the deck but they can't see me.
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Why? See your child's world view in photographs
When: Photographic submissions open until 23 January; exhibition 18 - 26 January 2014.
Where: Take your photos anywhere; see the exhibition at the NGV International at 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Cost: Free
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Absolutely adorable, what an idea.
by Happy Mom (score: 2|548) 2071 days ago
Love it - thanks for sharing Roll Around The Block, Kate from Meetoo
by kate (score: 1|13) 2084 days ago
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