Ancestor Cards for Children - Great Idea!
- Hello everyone,
Recently I've been mulling over how to present the
genealogy I've done on our family so that it would grab my
9 year old grandson's attention. My good friend Illya of
Genealogy Today suggested I use a baseball or hockey card
format with one ancestor per card.
I loved the idea and created cards 6 cm x 9 cm. Each card
features one ancestor's picture or a picture representing
that ancestor. The back of each card has ancestor stats -
their relationship to my grandchildren, date and place of
birth, date and place of death, spouse's name, parents'
names and a tiny blurb about that person (hopefully
something unique or of interest to an 9 year old!)
After laminating the cards, I presented them to my grandson
and granddaughter (who is 7) when they came for their
annual summer week long holiday with us. They loved them
and not only read every bit of information about each
ancestor, they began figuring out who was the oldest
ancestor.... who died at the oldest age... who died at the
youngest age... which parents went with which ancestor..
and so on. (math and genealogy combined - what could be
Then they decided to play a game, which we called simply
"Ancestor Game". They each chose an ancestor card and
played it, with whoever had the furthest back ancestor
winning both cards. The next day they begged me to make
more cards!! I now have 48 cards made for them with many
more to go. To add even more interest I also created cards
that were not direct ancestors, but had some small claim to
fame or something historical or interesting to a child.
Thank goodness for FTM which tells me if a person is a 3rd
cousin 5x removed or something else!
We decided I should also make double cards wherever
possible, that is, two cards for one ancestor but with
different photos or representative pictures on each one.
Then they can play "Go Fish for Ancestors".
I thought I'd like to share this in case you are looking
for something to capture your little one's interest,
because it was fabulous and my grandchildren loved it!
If you want to see some photos of what we created, just go
to http://olivetreegenealogy.blogspot.com/ and look for
"Ancestor Cards for Children"
-- Lorine McGinnis Schulze
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