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Many people desire to know where they come from, but a sense of belonging is especially important for children and youth.  A knowledge about their family history gives children of all ages a sense of their place in the world. It can also give young people something to live up to — a legacy to respect.
 
This page provides ideas about how to involve children and youth in family history activities. Have fun!

Kids Zone

Family history provides an opportunity for children and teenagers to make a meaningful contribution to something bigger than themselves.

 

Fun Activity Booklet

Download this free booklet and have fun going through the activities with your child.

You can explore this and other Family History Activities for Youth 12 and up games on Wiki at this link.

Memory Match Games

Here's a fun, simple way to create 3"x3" memory cards by scanning or using digital photos of any living or deceased relatives. Try these variations...

  • Two identical pictures

  • A baby and an adult picture of the same person

  • A picture of an ancestor on one card and his or her name on the other

  • A picture of an ancestor and a picture of something significant, such as tools for a trade, a talent, or something he or she is known for.

  • Pairs of related people, such as husband and wife, father and son, mother and daughter, and so on...

 

Print onto cardstock, cut into squares or circles. 

You can explore this and other Involve Children and Youth in Family History games on Wiki at this link.

Go Fish

Create playing cards, each with the picture of an ancestor and colour coded. Use the rules of "Go Fish" – the cards should be in sets of four (at least 10 sets) and printed on cardstock. 

Sets can consist of:

  • Siblings or cousins.

  • Parents and children.

  • Four items referring to the same person, such as a picture of the person on one card, his or her name on another card, date and place of birth or residence on another card, and something about occupation on the fourth card.

You can explore this and other Involve Children and Youth in Family History games on Wiki at this link.

Memory Journal

Download this free memory journal and spend time with your child filling in the blanks!

You can explore this and many more activities to do at  this link.

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