Here’s a fun art & craft project to do with kids, to make a family tree for kids together. Even younger kids can be involved and older kids may enjoy doing some genealogy research to go with the tree or interview their grandparents
You will need
- A3 sheet of Paper
- Pens or crayons
- Digital photos (optional)
- On the A3 sheet of paper, sketch out a large tree outline, with a trunk and several rows of branches making sure that there is a branch on each side to represent the different sides of the family.
- Either write or get your child to write your child’s name and date of birth at the bottom of the trunk with Mum and Dad’s names and dates of birth above them and their siblings to either side of them.
- Moving up the tree, start adding names of family members for each side of the family, with names going out along the branches. Use the branches above for older generations.
- If your family has a less traditional shape to it, your child could put in some other significant adults in their life.
- You could make it a longer project by printing and using digital photos of individuals or even scanning in old family photos so that everyone’s photo is on the tree. Or have your child draw portraits of everyone!
- Once the names (and photos) are in place, you can enjoy decorating the tree by drawing and colouring different leaves. Or alternatively, your child could even glue on little leaf shapes cut out of green coloured paper.
- For older children, you might ask them to do some research on older generations by talking to grandparents and writing down some of the family stories they remember.
Have you made a family tree with your child? Tell us about it in the comments below.