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Autumn's a time when we naturally focus on the trees. So it's a perfect time to focus on your family tree as well! This family project will help your children learn where they came from -- plus give you a keepsake to display for years. As you work on the project, talk about each member of the family you are recording.


What you'll need:

  • Scrap paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Brown art paper (16-by-24-inch sheet)
  • Red, yellow and orange construction paper
  • Black markers
  • Large foam board (16-by-24-inch)
  • Acid-free glue sticks

What you'll do:

On the scrap paper, sketch out the genealogy of your children in the shape of a tree -- begin with the children in the center of the trunk, branch out to you and their father, then to their grandparents, and their great grandparents. Write down their full names, and if you can, the years of birth and death (if applicable).

Fold the brown art paper in half lengthwise. Draw half a tree (when you cut, you'll have a symmetrical shape): A trunk on the bottom, a large main branch that then splits into to two middle-sized branches; and then two smaller branches off of each of middle sized-branches. Keeping the paper folded, use the scissors to cut out the tree shape; then open it flat.

Use the glue stick to attach the tree shape to the foam board. Set aside to dry.

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