Family is an essential part of one’s identity. Parents, grandparents, cousins, and uncles are all a part of the lineage that you cherish, something you would wish to share with your child. If you are looking for an interactive and engaging method to acquaint your child to their ancestry, try making a family tree.
A family tree is a visual representation of one’s lineage, depicting the family members’ relationships in a tree-like structure . This post will tell you various fun ways of making a kid-friendly family tree that will help your child understand their roots better.
How Does A Family Tree Benefit A Child?
A family tree is a way to illustrate family details in a concise manner. Based on the information described in the family tree, your child can learn about the relationship between each family member, their birthdays, anniversaries, etc. A family tree can also help a child
- Know the lineage and relationships better by unraveling different attributes about each family member.
- Understand each family member’s personalities by knowing their likes, dislikes, values, beliefs, etc.
- Develop an opportunity to share personal thoughts by talking about the family.
- Get acquainted with family heritage, culture, and traditions and carry them on to the next generation.
- Develop self-esteem by developing a sense of belonging to a family, a part of societal identity.
- Learn associating with mutual feelings, like love, care, compassion, respect, pride, etc. that one feels by knowing the family history and heritage.
- Learn to gather and categorize information based on requirements that hones a child’s understanding, perception, and communication skills.
Knowing about the family keeps the child close to their roots, helping them feel safe and happy.
8 DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Family Tree Craft Ideas For Your Child
Here are some innovative and engaging family tree craft ideas that you and your child can try to cherish their family ties.
1. Heart-to-heart family tree
It is a family tree craft idea that children can easily make with a few items – a chart paper, a set of kid-friendly paints or ink pads, a heart-shaped stamp, and colored pens/pencils.
- Draw a large tree with branches on the chart paper using a colored pen/pencil.
- Let your child make leaves by pressing the color dipped, heart-shaped stamp close to branches. If you wish, you can draw hearts with a pencil or try some other stamps, like apple-shaped or flower-shaped stamps.
- Once the paint dries, talk to your child about the family members and relations and ask them to write each family member’s name on the leaves, using colored pens.
- To make the tree lively, suggest your child stick each family member’s picture on the respective leaf.
- Frame the family tree and paste it in your child’s room.
2. Chalkboard family tree
This unique idea lets your child’s creativity spin and swirl. Give them a chalkboard or black chart paper, colored chalks, duster, and family members’ pictures.
- Let them draw a tree on the chalkboard using colored chalks. Motivate the child to be creative and make an appealing tree by adding features, like fruits, birds, etc.
- Ask them to include each family member’s name and their relationship with your child.
- Talk them through each relation and encourage them to share their feelings about the relationship.
- Suggest ideas to make the tree unique by writing their feelings about each family member in one word. For instance, they can write “CARING” below their grandmother’s picture and “BESTIE” below their grandfather’s picture.
- Display your child’s innovative creation in your living room as a mark of endearment for the family.
3. Wooden family tree
Based on your child’s age and creativity skills, they can carve a family tree on the wood or paint and design one using basic craft supplies. Here’s one fun idea for your child to try under your supervision.
- Gather art and craft supplies, like a wooden panel, wood carving knife, a paper template of a tree, acrylic paints, paintbrush, sandpaper, craft tape, and sketch pens.
- Paste the tree template on the wooden panel with the craft tape.
- Take a wood carving knife and cut along the outline of the template to cut out the wooden tree.
- Remove the paper template. Buff the edges of the tree with sandpaper and paint with acrylic paint of any color. You can also paint the remaining tree or leave it unpainted to retain the natural look of the wood.
- Cut and stick pictures of family members on different leaves or parts of the tree. Take a sketch pen and write the name or the relationship of the child with the member below each picture.
- You can stick a piece of wood at the base to display the tree in a standing position.
4. Family tree shadow box
This creative family tree can be an eye-catching piece of decor. You will need a shadow box, hot glue gun, colored pens, leaf template, scissors, colored origami paper, and some twigs.
- Trace the leaf template on the origami paper and cut them using scissors. Keep the paper leaves aside until you complete making the tree.
- Paste the twigs in the shadow box in a tree’s shape, using a hot glue gun.
- Write a family member’s name with their likable qualities in one word, like, caring, loving, empathetic, funny, etc. on each paper leaf.
- Paste the leaves on the branches using the hot glue gun. You can also use pictures of each family member instead of leaves.
- Your nature-inspired family tree is ready. Keep it in your child’s room or place it above your fireplace mantel and display your child’s master art.
5. Family tree decal