Today I’m sharing a guest post for children with some sweet printables for celebrating mother’s day with family history. First, kids can write down their memories of mom. Then moms can write down their memories of the child. What a sweet thing to look back on when children are older. The second printable is a family tree that children can fill out within the PDF file, if they like typing, or print and write on. Hopefully this simple activity is something fun and easy to print and do with your kids despite the chaos of homeschooling and being quarantined.
Simple Family History Mother’s Day Activity for Children
by Emily Gibson
A family tree is a great way to learn more about your family and, by proxy, yourself. Researching where you come from can give you insight into the person you are today — more than your looks and lineage, your family members can provide details about nearly every aspect of your life!
This makes a family tree a great craft for Mother’s Day, as familial research is a great way to celebrate your family and communicate with your children while enjoying a fun project together.
Research Your Family Tree
There are many online resources for genealogy research, including Ancestry.com, FamilySearch and Chronicling America. Most of these resources provide free or paid versions that can give you varying levels of depth and access to your family history.
For a more interactive outing, many of these resources can also be accessed in a library or a National Archives.
Create the Tree
A family tree can be as big and detailed or small and simple as you desire. Just like all trees are different, so are all families! And, of course, family trees.
To create your tree, you can start with a premade template or a simple piece of paper or poster board! Figuring out how to make your tree is part of the fun, and there are endless possibilities for what you can do.
The only real rule is that a family tree begins with the youngest generation and continues upward, creating branches for each family member in each generation.
Celebrate Your Mom With Fun Activities
A family tree is a great project for moms and kids around Mother’s Day since it celebrates the family and allows kids to learn more about where they came from! However, there are many ways to go a step forward with bonding activities. This questionnaire, for example, allows moms and kids to compare advice, thoughts and memories.
To get started, print out the questionnaire and give one half to yourself and your child. When you’ve both completed your half, compare your answers!
There are many other ways to connect with your mom this Mother’s Day as well:
– Send a postcard or hand-written letter
– Schedule a phone call or video chat
– Watch her favorite movie with her
– Cook her a meal she likes, or have food delivered to her
– Frame a photo of the two of you together
Family trees come in all shapes and sizes — there’s no real guide or rulebook for how to create your own! But once you’re finished, you may just find inspiration and strength from your ancestors.
A lovely idea. Will encourage my young cousins to do it for their mothers. Thank you for sharing.