My Family Tree

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This hands-on activity helps instill appreciation for families.
Using small twigs and a few other items, each child can make a
personalized family tree.

You’ll need green construction paper, markers and crayons,
scissors, yarn, a hole punch, foam cups, clay, and twigs or
branches with several offshoots.Give each child a handful of clay
to press in the bottom of a cup. Firmly insert a twig so it’s
secure and upright. Cut out large, green leaves from the
construction paper.

Give each child a leaf to represent each person or pet in the
family. Have kids write a family member’s name or draw the person
on a leaf. Kids can include any family members they wish-especially
themselves. Then punch a hole at the top of each leaf and tie the
leaves to the twig offshoots with yarn.

By pointing out the different people in kids’ families, you can
show each child that he or she is special and belongs to something
wonderful. Tell the kids that God made mommies and daddies to love,
play with, and care for them.

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