Teaching your child the value of family is really important. A great way to do this is to create a family tree. A family tree will not only help your child understand that every family has a history, he or she will also feel that they’re part of something bigger than themselves, something with a heritage, a family.

Building a family tree doesn’t necessarily have to be a mammoth task involving going back to the beginning of time, it can be as simple as looking back one or two generations, to a great or a great-great-grandma or -grandpa.

What you’ll need to get started:
Index cards or post-it notes
1 sheet of A2 paper
Pencils, crayons, markers, go wild!

The first step is to make an index card for every person you want to include on the family tree. Add their name, their date of birth, and how they relate to your child (aunt, uncle, etc.)
If your child is inclined, you could even get them to draw a little picture of each person on the card. Make sure you create a card for your child as well.

Once you’ve got all your cards, it’s time to lay them out on the A2 page. Starting with your child at the bottom, work your way through the tree, placing parents, uncles and aunts, and grandparents on higher tiers until you reach the top of your sheet of paper. This is a learning opportunity, so make sure you’re talking your child through their lineage with as many facts as you know.

Once you’ve done the layout, the process of gluing the names to the board begins. Finally, guide your child in connecting the members of the family tree together with a marker.

Once you’re done, your child should have a deeper understanding of the family they belong to. You’ll also have a nice new poster to put up in their room!