Children love to learn about the world they live in as well as the family they belong to. If you have no clue about the past generations of your family there are lots of genealogy websites you can sign up to in order to trace your ancestors.
Make a Family Tree
Making a visual family tree is a project both parents and kids will really enjoy. Hang it up in a prominent place to show off what you’ve learnt.
- Poster board
- Scrap paper
- Collect photos of the people you want to include in your family tree.
- Before you draw your tree on a poster board, sketch it on scrap paper.
- Show your child and their siblings at the bottom of the tree and work your way up the branches to show extended family.
- Using your sketch as a guide, pencil your family tree on poster board, then draw over your pencil lines with markers.
- Glue each photo in its proper spot onto the tree and label it with the name and birth date of the person pictured.
- You might also note marriage and other significant dates if you like.
- Place your family tree where the whole family can admire it.
Other interesting ways to explore family history include:
Interview a loved one
Older relatives often share stories with kids that they don’t think to tell adults. Preserve precious family memories by recording an interview with a grandparent or other older relative. Pick out some photos to help prompt the conversation and write down a few questions of interest. Set up an interview time and record in-person interviews with the audio or video recorder on your mobile device. There are a number of services like alifestory.com.au that offer remote professional audio interviews if you want to take it to the next level. Record a story that you can share with the whole Family!
DIY Ancestor Pie Chart
This do-it-yourself ancestry pie chart is based on your child’s family tree and is super easy to calculate:
- List all eight great-grandparents and their countries or states of origin, if known. (Or do all 16 great-great-grandparents or 32 third-great-grandparents).
- Tally the birthplaces and assign a colour to each.
- Trace a large circle on a piece of paper. Divide the circle into eight pie-shaped sections (or 16 or 32). Each section represents the birthplace of one ancestor.
- Shade each section with the assigned colour and group like-coloured sections together.
- Create a key defining the colours and places.