Have you read Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan? It’s one of my favorite modern children’s books and Graham loves it too.
When we read it, I make all sorts of silly sound effects (he particularly enjoys my interpretation of the hedgehog sniffing around the mushroom patch – I have skillz) and he even waits for me to finish my sound effects before he turns the pages.
Maybe I’m getting a little deep with this one, but I love that the story centers around going home. Little Owl spends the story visiting with his forest friends while getting closer and closer to his tree where Mama is waiting.
So, I decided for this Mom Explores Book Club entry to share a family tree activity you can do with your child. This is great for sorting, helping put names to faces (especially if you have relatives who live far away) and learning relationships (“Papa is Mommy’s Dad” or “Aunt Jamie is Mommy’s sister”).
8×10 white canvas
Brown and two shades of green acrylic paint
Paint brush or sponge
Photos you’re willing to cut up
Velcro dots (from the notions section of the craft store)
First you’ll want to paint your tree.
While you wait for your tree to dry, cut faces from your photos. Stick a fuzzy Velcro dot to the back of each picture and (once the tree is dry) a scratchy dot to the trunk. Your child(ten) should be at the base, then you and your spouse, parents, grandparents, etc.
You could even make a game out of placing the people on the tree below their correct parents if you have a child who is old enough!
If you’ve got an older child who is interested in learning more about their ancestors, check out this website: Family Search. It’s free to use and has tons of resources.
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