Monday, September 28, 2009

Teaching Kids About Grandparents-Family Tree File Folder Game & Family Photo Coloring Pages

Recently, my son came home from nursery with this.


Hilarious!! I totally laughed when he handed it to me. They are learning about eternal families this year. Seeing this on the fridge everyday made me realize that I wanted to teach my little one about his family and that though he has no siblings (YET. We are planning on having more. I don't need anyone else asking when the next one is coming. How do you answer that question anyway?! Ugh.) he is part of a family that loves him. I wanted him to know that though our family is small he has a big family too.

I decided to start with Grandparents and Great Grandparents (seemed perfect since I came up with this on Grandparents day). I wanted to keep it simple at first because he has a TON of aunts, uncles and cousins. Don't worry, we love you too!

I love the idea of a family tree and helping him to know that his Papas and Grandmas are Mommy and Daddy's Moms and Dads. I made him a little family tree file folder game by altering the basic family tree found on Kid's Turn Central.

I made two different sheets (printed on card stock and laminated using clear contact paper), one that listed everyone by their relation (mom, grandpa, etc) and one that listed them by name. This way he could start with the relation one and eventually grow in to learning all the names. I printed out 2 in x 2 in pics (they fit perfect on a 4x6 photo paper) of all of us to attach above the labels (forgot my sons pic, so he pointed to where he goes). Currently, we are using double sided sticky tape, but you could use Velcro.
Click thumbnails to download 8 x 10 file folder game.
Left is blank to personalize with names. Right is labeled with relations.

We had recently celebrated Great Grandma's 85th birthday party, so this was a great chance to teach him about Great Grandmas. Unfortunately, this is the only pic we got of them together. Lighting pretty bad and the "scenery" leaves something to be desired.


Great Grandma went in to the hospital for some surgery so we decided to send her a get well card. I wanted something personalized in it, so I sucked the color from the photo, cropped, and softened it so it actually looked pretty cute. Then, I turned it in to a Great Grandma coloring page and let him color it. This was a great time to teach him who Great Grandma is.



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We decided to send Grandma and Grandpa a little something for Grandparents day (a little late) and did some finger painting and sent them a card.



As one last little learning activity, I got these Todd Parr books from the library. They were so cute and he loved them! They are a hilarious and refreshing way to look at roles. "Some mommies drive minivans, Some mommies drive motorcycles."

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Images from: http://www.toddparr.com/books/

All in all, we had a fun week learning about parents, grandparents and great grandparents!

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8 Comments:

The Harris Family said...

Thanks for this idea! I have been wanting to do a family tree with my daughter. There is one in this months friend but I love your idea of a file folder game.

Kim Milius said...

Thanks for your idea; its very cute & will be great for us since we live across the country from both sets of grandparents. My 18 month old forgets them in between visits & I've wanted a cute way to remind him who his grandparents are.

I love the coloring page, too! How did you do that?

Becky said...

You are so talented! I need you to come teach me a thing or two! I've been planning on putting up a family wall with grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. I think knowing our family is so incredibly important!

Katie said...

Very cool family tree activity!

The Activity Mom said...

Very neat! Thanks for sharing.

Cherie said...

I absolutely LOVE the idea of the photo coloring page for the grandparents! Too cool!

I linked you up! http://pinklittlenotebook.blogspot.com/2010/04/thursday-thirteen-inspiration-few-days.html

Nia said...

You can find more file folder games here!

www.filefolderfarm.com
www.filefolderfun.com

ChurchBabies said...

That Nursery color page ... that's MY MOM'S HANDWRITING! It's from my blog, Church Babies! :D Glad someone is using our Nursery files. Have a great day!

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