Dig out your old photo albums and gather round with kids, parents and grandparents to take a trip down memory lane. This activity invites kids to think about their family’s lives before they were in them, while nurturing their emotional and social skills and sense of belonging. This activity also goes hand-in-hand with creating a family tree!
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About the activity
To younger kids who are used to digital photography, old family albums are a tangible way of teaching them about their family history!
Take some time to sit down together and look through old family photos, pointing out people they may know or recognise in the pictures. You may have a kitchen table full of albums or be snuggling over one or two special ones on the sofa.
Kids will love guessing the identity of children in the photos, and may be surprised at how much Grandma or Grandad looked like them when they were little! Try finding photos of three or four generations of your family at the same age and compare them for likeness. You may need to explain that once upon a time, photos were only taken in black and white!
A fun activity is to find a family photo taken when you were all younger and try to recreate it today. Print out the photos and put them side by side – the results are sure to make you smile!