Today’s Family continues to support our families. Home Activities is a new blog series where we share activities and games to keep bodies and brains active while we all practice safe Social Distancing. Just as we’re sharing these thoughts with you, please share these ideas with your family and friends through social media.
Today’s Home Activity: Family Tree
Ages: 7 and up
At Today’s Family, we are proud of our truly multicultural community. Celebrate these cultures and impart some family stories to the next generation!
First, draw out a simple but empty family tree on a piece of paper. Start with your child, and then draw lines out to their siblings (if they have any) and up to their parents. Then, draw more lines with spaces back to their grandparents. Go back as far as you would like!
Then have them fill out the family tree branch by branch. Depending on the age of your children, they may know your name, but they might not know their grandparents’ or great-grandparents’. Pull out your phone and look up country flags representing where those people lived: start with a Canadian flag next to their name, and then work back from there.
Filling out a family tree is a great opportunity to share some great stories about the people that are on it. Did you know that your grandpa once climbed a mountain? Did you know that grandma used to work on a farm?
Why we love it: This is an activity that involves the whole family, since you may not know much about your spouse’s grandparents or great-grandparents. You can also encourage your children to give their grandparents a call, if possible, and ask about more family stories.