Even though my two children are still quite young they are gradually becoming aware about my research into my Family Tree. It is known as ‘my hobby’ or ‘mummy’s project’ to them.
As a primary teacher I touched on this topic lightly as the children I taught were young. It came under the topic ‘All about me’ or ‘Me and my Family’ and it was always good fun to do. Little ones are never lost for words when talking about themselves and all the things they know and can do. The main difference between children doing their family tree compared to adults, is that kids include their pets!
Here are some ways to develop a child’s interest in learning about the Family Tree.
A great book I read at Secondary/High School about pets and family which I highly recommend for older children is My Family and Other Animals written by Gerald Durrell, a man who had a great influence in Jersey.
Recently a school book catalogue came home and in it was a book especially for children wanting to learn about their family tree. I was intrigued to see how they would present it for young ones, so I bought it. It is a lovely book with a great huge pull-out-poster for the child to fill in with pictures of photos of members of his/her family. It is a colourful book called My Family Tree.
Here is the poster from the book filled in for my children.
The poster was a great source of discussion when my son took this poster to school for ‘Show & tell’.
Scrapbooks are a great to way collect and store information. It is also good fun too!
- Write a heading or title on each two page spread, eg: My favourite toys (put age or year with the photo) / My pets – photos, paw print in paint / My Homes – photos of house your child has lived in and the dates
- Collect photos from milestones
- Keep cinema tickets and stick them in
The list could go on and on. What ever is stuck in will be a great record of times in your child’s life. It will all record a particular time in history
I have also found a few useful websites which give ideas on activities to do with your child based on genealogy and family history.
Below are a selection of printable worksheets that I have found on the internet of the Family Tree for children to fill in:
Pedigree Chart #2 - from ancestry.com
Handprint Family Tree - from DISNEY family fun website