In addition to this small tabletop tree, I also picked up some chalkboard decorative tags, red ribbon, and chalk at the craft store. Recently, I've been trying to teach my kids the first names of their grandparents and great-grandparents. So, I thought it would be fun to write our family's first names on the tags and hang them on the tree. The kids' names would be at the top of the tree, then their parents, grandparents, and finally great-grandparents towards the bottom.
Because space on each tag was limited, I wrote out the names, but my daughter sat right next to me and we spelled out each name letter-for-letter. We started with her and her brother's names, then worked through my and my husband's names. Once we got to her grandparents, I started by asking the questions, "Who is my mommy?" "Who is Dad's mommy," etc. to reinforce that idea of just what a grandparent is.
©2014, Emily Kowalski Schroeder.