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Video:How to Make a Simple Family Tree With Kids

with Kathy Moore

Want to learn how to make a simple family tree with kids? Here, see step-by-step instructions that will make the process easier.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Simple Family Tree With Kids

Hi I am Kathy Moore for About.com. Understanding how families are connected can be a difficult concept for children to grasp. This program will show how you can create a family tree with your children.

Information About Making a Simple Family Tree With Kids

You can do this activity any time of the year. But I have found that one of the best times to make a family tree is right after the Christmas holidays. Since so many people send photos with their greeting cards, creating a family tree puts those recent photos to good use.

Steps for Making a Simple Family Tree With Kids

First, start by making an outline of all the family members you want included in the tree. If your family is large, it might be easier just to create separate trees for each side of your family. Next, get a large piece of paper or poster board. Based on your outline, draw a pencil line of a tree with branches for each brother or sister. Off those branches, create another sub-branch or twig for each child that family has.Once the base of the tree is drawn, trace over your tree with a marker. Once the branches have been drawn, let the kids help color in the branches and add some leaves.

Additional Steps for Making a Simple Family Tree With Kids

Next, arrange the photos on top of the drawing. Let the kids help cut the photographs to fit the drawing. Finally, glue down the photos on the appropriate branch. As you are placing the photos you can remind your children how they are related to each person on the tree.Once the glue has dried, label each family and it is members with a colored marker.Once the tree is built, keep it in an accessible place so you can refer to it when you are telling family stories or talking about a particular family member. Teaching kids about your family history is important, and seeing pictures of family members and knowing how they relate to one another makes the stories easier to understand.

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