We have two big family reunions coming up this summer, and my kids' excitement over these reunions almost trumps their excitement over the new baby that's coming...I said ALMOST!
Because we don't get to see most of our cousins very often, I decided we should spend FHE getting reacquainted with their faces and talking about our memories of each family member.
Since my side of the family is having their reunion first, we started with the Hatches, and we'll do the Christensens in a separate FHE.
|Disclaimer: My camera battery died, so I had to use my phone, but the finished tree looks pretty cute!|
First, I printed off recent photos of each family member, and Guy and Autumn helped me cut them out and lay them face-down on the carpet.
We sang Families Can Be Together Forever, then Steve and I talked about the families that we came from. We asked the children to guess how many brothers and sisters we each have and then asked them to name some of their cousins and tells us something that they liked about each relative that they could name.
After they shared what they liked about (or shared a memory of) someone in the family, that child was allowed to select a picture from off the floor to tape onto "Our Family Tree".
They announced the name of the person in the picture (if they knew it!) and shared something about them. Then they wrote the person's name under their photo. We grouped photos by family on our family tree.
This was a fun, hands-on activity that really helped the children to understand "who are the people in our family?" and what their relationship is to each other.
Here are some of the things that the kids said about family members:
"I like Uncle Jake, because he always chases me around the house!" - Scarlett
"Granny gives us smiley face cups." - Scarlett
Guy said, "Sam and Cody always play games with me."
Scarlett said, "Henry is a baby, and Uncle Hank played a game catching us at Granny's house."
"Aunt Dawn sends us homemade cards. Ella writes us stories and letters." - Scarlett
We will keep the family tree up and talk about it from time to time in order to reinforce the children's connection to their aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Please take a minute to check out what went down in FHE over at That Good Part!