In previous posts, I've talked about the importance of teaching young children family relationship vocabulary words before discussing more in-depth family history concepts. So, I created family relationship vocabulary cards using a cute little penguin graphic I found recently on openclipart.org. (Why penguins? Kids are in love with penguins! And they are just so cute.)
There are several ways in which you can use these cards:
1.) Play a memory matching game: Cut each card out individually. Shuffle, flip all of them over face-down, and take turns trying to find matching cards.
2.) Play a bingo game: On each sheet, cut off the two left-side and two right-side cards. You will be left with a bingo 'card' with four spaces and four different words (see photo below). Shuffle the cards you cut off and use them to call out words one-by-one. (With emerging readers, you will probably have to either walk around and show each child the card, or write the word on a larger whiteboard or poster for everyone to see.) Make sure you have something to use as markers. When someone fills all the spaces on their card, they have a Bingo!
3.) Independent matching: On each sheet, cut off the two left-side and two right-side cards, the same as you did for the bingo game. You will be left with the larger four-space cards, each with four different words. This time, though, give the individual cards you cut off to the child, and ask him or her to independently match the correct card to the proper space on the one of four larger cards. This variation is a great 'busy-bag' type activity that you can have children do on their own.
For durability, I recommend laminating or printing out on a heavier cardstock. Enjoy!