This cute family tree project for kids is a super fun way to introduce family history!
Tiffany from Making the World Cuter here! I remember doing a project in maybe 3rd grade about my family. It was the first time I think I really ever was asked to think about the family that was outside of my own home. I remember going to the library with my mom to look up the meaning of our last name (we didn’t have Google back then) and feeling a real connection to my ancestors for the first time. I had to ask my parents about their parents and their lives…and then do the same thing with my living grandparents. I was absolutely fascinated by the things they told me!
My own kids love hearing stories about their ancestors, and with modern technology I’m able to show them old pictures, handwriting and stories that other family members have shared. It is is so fun to see where we came from! Making a little family history book is a great way to get your kids excited about family history.
Family Tree Project for Kids
Supplies: (affiliate links included)
- 1/2″ Binder with clear view cover
- Free Printable Family Tree
- Free Printable Family Questions
- Construction Paper or Card Stock
- Page Protectors or 3 Hole Punch
- Art Supplies: i.e. Markers, Glue Stick, Scissors
You can really make this project however you would like, but this is how we did it. Take your family tree printable and fill it out, you can let the kids have a little fun with it too…like add some birds in the tree, a sunshine and a tire swing.
I kept this really simple with just the first few branches of the family tree. Once the kids get interested in family history, you should really head over to familysearch.org and sign up for a free account. You can make a pretty amazing fan chart filled in with as many family members as you can fill in, and maybe someone else in your family has already done a lot of the legwork! It’s really incredible.
This is the part that got me excited all those years ago though…asking my family questions and doing the research to answer these fun questions. To make this part of the binder, I just cut out the question cards and glued them to some fun colored card stock. You can then have the kids write the answers as they get them or have them type them and glue them to these pages. You can also make copies of photos, recipes and other memorabilia to add to these pages.
OR just cut these cards out and use them as fun dinner conversation topics…especially when you have the chance to have cousins, grandparents or other family members over. While these were sitting on my counter, I had a friend stop by and we started talking about the answers to some of these and I felt like I got to know her so much better! It’s always fun to dive a little deeper.
I hope you enjoy this fun family tree project! For even more printable fun and gift ideas head on over to Making the World Cuter and say hi!