Disclosure: I was provided a copy of $5 Family Fun, an e-Book by Meggan Spicer, for reviewing purposes. I chose this family tree craft to review.

Over a year ago, I took my daughter with me on a trip to Warren, Arkansas, to visit the cemetery my great-great grandfather is buried. While she’s probably a bit young for appreciating the finer points of genealogical research, I wanted her to go with me so I can start planting seeds of the importance of family history. To this day, she distinctly remembers seeing her “great-great-great grandpa!”

Grandparent’s Day is September 7th.  With the birth of our son, and our daughter now being a bit older and able to appreciate and understand family relationships, I thought this year might be a great year to do a fun project to honor the grandparents and continue to engage her in learning about family history. Our children are lucky that in addition to having all four grandparents, they also have two great grandparents living.5-family-fun-e-book-cover

Wanting something fun, easy and inexpensive, I turned to $5 Family Fun by Meggan Spicer. It’s an awesome e-book full of ideas for keeping little ones engaged through inexpensive crafts, fun recipes and other activities. Every project listed in the book is $5 or less!

Frame this fun and whimsical family tree craft project and it becomes a sweet gift for your kids to give their grandparents, and other members of the family. In the process of creating this one of a kind masterpiece, they will learn about their family, and if they are older hopefully ask great questions about the lives of their parents, aunts and uncles, grandparent’s and maybe even great-grandparents!

 

Family Tree Craft Project – $3

Family Tree First Pic

 

You can use any size of paper, but I chose to use a large art pad with 12” x 18” paper and then cut down to fit an 11” x 14” frame. This size provided room for child-size handprints above the drawn tree to serve as the leaves to the branches.

 

Supplies:

  • Pad of art paper from the dollar store – $1
  • Picture frame from the dollar store – $1
  • Markers from the dollar store – $1
  • Acrylic paint palette from starter kit (the book recommends establishing a starter kit of supplies from the dollar store) – $0

Directions:

  • Based on your children’s age and ability, you can either let them draw a tree and its branches, or you can freehand one for them.
  • Using the included paintbrush and a cup of water, cover the palms of your kids’ hands completely with paint. Help them to position their hands in the right place on the paper, press firmly to Family Tree3make sure you get a good print on paper, and then carefully lift their hands to reveal their hand print. I had to practice with my daughter a few times to get  the paint just right. But, I am OCD like that. There is charm in the imperfections!
  • Once everything has dried, use the markers again to write your family member’s names on the little fingers of the hand prints. Before you put your masterpiece in the frame, write a message to the grandparents and the year to commemorate the day.

Family Tree Framed Cropped

Viola! I love these types of projects as they become precious keepsakes!

If you are a parent or grandparent and need fun ideas to keep children entertained and engaged, please check out MegganSpicer.com and order an e-book! You can also order one from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Books and Things.

What ways do you engage your children in learning their family history?

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