After logging onto Family Search and discovering the new customizeable and printable family trees, I knew exactly what I wanted to make – an interactive art project for my child’s room.
The family tree art is pretty enough to stand alone, but I wanted something to draw my children into family history. Something to start conversations. So I took the printable family tree, enlarged it, and turned it into a matching game. My kids were begging to play it before I even finished all the laminating and velcroing!
Here’s how I made it:
I enlarged my family tree to an 11×14 and had 2 printed and laminated at my local print shop. Guess how much it cost? Only $5!
An alternative is to just have one laminated. Cut out the leaves on the second page before laminating it at home. This ended up being a little tricky so I would recommend just printing at the print shop.
Then the fun began. Before I even finished making the family tree, my six year old was asking questions about the names. Which leaf is mine? Who is that? Can you tell me a story about them? Matching the names on the leaves to the names on the tree became a fun and engaging way for my six year old to dive into family history.
This project was featured on Studio 5 by Family Search. Check it out here!
Looking for more ideas of how to make Family History fun for kids? Check out this Family History Bingo.