Recently I visited my nephew and niece and together we made family tree posters. A fill-in poster came with the children’s book Evie Finds Her Family Tree by Ashley B. Ransburg (Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 2006). The book is a basic introduction to the family tree concept probably best geared towards children ages three to six. With simple words and pictures it describes how each family member is unique, yet they all fit together to make a family.
The family tree poster project was right on target for my niece’s and nephew’s ages, five and seven. Beginning with the child, the tree goes back four generations. For each ancestor there is a space for their photograph and a place to write the ancestor’s name. The project absorbed the kids’ attention and sparked discussion on how different family members were related, the concept of maiden names, and interest in their ancestors’ occupations. It was a fun project for both me and the children. Recommended.