My four-year-old daughter and I made family member flash cards this past week. Here are the supplies you will need:
Thicker card stock or sample paint cards from the hardware store
Scissors or a paper cutter
Digital headshot photos of family members
Names of family members, either printed from a computer or written by hand
Laminating machine or clear peel-and-stick film (optional)
Last Spring, we made Family Easter Eggs, and that activity required that I compile and crop family member headshot photos. I had saved that file, so I just printed out a new set, along with a list of family names that I just created in Word.
We used sample paint cards that I had accumulated over time, but you can use colorful card stock paper, too. (If you do plan on laminating or covering the cards in a clear plastic film, construction paper will work just fine, but it may not hold up well if not laminated, whereas a thicker card stock does.)
After a little trimming, I sent the cards through my home laminating machine and then used a hole punch to make a hole in the upper-left corner of each card. I put the cards through a book ring, which you can find at most office supple stores. Some office supply stores provide laminating services, or you can buy a roll of the clear peel-and-stick plastic film and cover the cards that way, too. Obviously, this step is optional but it will keep the cards more durable, and it will make them washable, too!
For toddlers and preschoolers, I recommend making cards for the people in their families who they have met and see fairly regularly. For elementary-aged children, you can go a step further and make cards for ancestors who they haven't met. I made a few cards with some of my children's great-grandparents who passed away before they were born. I simply explained to my daughter that these were Grandma and Grandpa K's parents. Obviously, the older the child, the more information you can include on each card. For example, on the back of each card, you could list each person's full name, birth/death dates, occupation, and other simple facts like that.
As always, let me know if you have any questions! Don't forget that this and all of my other family and genealogy activities can be found at the new website, http://www.growinglittleleaves.com
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