This page will give ideas for teaching your preschooler about their grandparents, great-grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles etc.
FILE FOLDER GAMES
Make a file folder game using photos of your family. You could make copies of photos from a family photo album and then glue the heads of your ancestors, immediate family or extended family onto apples and make a family tree. Make two copies of each person and have the child match the faces. You could use the file folder game below, using actual photos or your family instead of the drawings.
My Family Tree (mormonchic.com/crafty/filefolders.asp)
You could also glue the photos to hearts, different shapes, or bodies. You could even glue a head of an ancestor to a body and turn it into a paper doll for your child to add clothes to, similar to the file folder game below. You could also use these making friends paper dolls as a template.
- Dress the Bear (mormonchic.com/crafty/filefolders.asp)
Make paper dolls for each of your ancestors. As the child pretends and plays with them she will start to recognize their faces and learn who they are. You could use these making friends paper dolls as a template and simply glue the head of your family member onto these templates. You could also use any of the other paper dolls you find on this page as a template for your family paper dolls.
Make flash card by glueing or printing out four copies of each ancestor's head approximately the size of an index card. You could also make flash cards for cousins, aunts, grandparents...anyone who you want your child to get to know better.
Play the memory game with these cards by turning them wrong side up and having your child find matches.
You could also use these cards to play Old Maid or Go Fish.
Be sure to name who these people are as you and your child play with these cards so your child will get to know the names with the faces.
Stories are a great way to teach your child about grandparents, great-grandparents and other who have passed away. Write down stories that you know about these people or find in their journals. Compile them into a book and illustrate them. You could also use a picture of the person you're writing about.