Do you need a fun way to engage your small children with family history? Look no further. One of my favorite ways to introduce family history to little kids is with this felt family tree activity. Showing a toddler a family photo album is fun, but it’s even more fun to show them pictures of their ancestors on an interactive felt chart with movable pieces!
I have made these for each of my kids and several friends, neighbors, nieces and nephews. They love having a way to talk about family history with little ones while playing.
We will have over 100 craft kits at Rootstech (click here to learn more about our booth and special deals). The kits include all the pieces you need to create your own felt family tree interactive activity – you just need to print your own family photos and glue everything together. My husband and I had a couple late nights working together and getting all the pieces cut out with our Cricut Maker machine. We told our kids that the Cricut is a robot. We were all amazed to see it cutting out felt tree branches and leaves so precisely. I found felt stickers from craft suppliers for the flowers, birds, and animals, so we didn’t put the Cricut to the test cutting out anything too intricate – but we’ll have to try that next. I think it will be able to do it!
I had a little too much fun designing the color schemes for each kit. I started by choosing a background color – mostly blue, pink, mint, and yellows, but some others as well. Then I chose 4 colors for the felt circles and found complimentary flowers and birds. I started adding other creatures this time around, and found some cute felt animals – monkeys, lions, raccoons, and my favorite – a fox. After finalizing the one design, it was pretty simple to make 8 kits just like it. I developed a bit of an assembly line.
We hope you will come see us at Booth 1743 at RootsTech! Read more about our booth here: Family Locket Genealogists at RootsTech.