One of the new and inviting ways that families are successfully engaging younger family members is with family history games. Some parents prepare the games and host a family game night at home. These games encourage younger kids to learn about their ancestors and to share that experience with their family.
Getting to Know You Card Game—A set of cards are created, where one side of the card has a photo of a family ancestor, and the other side of the card tells a story about the person’s life. Attributes worth emulating or significant events in the person’s life can be identified. Players take turns asking, “Do you have a person who has (fill in the attribute)? If not, ‘Go Fish.’”
Matching Game—Two identical cards are created using photos of family members, former homes, or other items of significance to the family and posted on card stock squares. My grandchildren’s favorite card is a great-grandmother whose favorite meal was bushy-tail squirrel! On the opposite side of the cards, the items are numbered. Players pick two numbers and try to locate matches. The significance of the items selected is discussed as the game is played.
Bingo—A card is developed with 9, 16, or 25 squares on it. Questions are listed in each square. Family members who can answer the question can place a coin or a button on the square. For example, you might ask, name an ancestor who invented a new kind of trashing machine; tell the name of your maternal grandmother, where was your grandfather was born, tell me the profession of one of your great-grandparents, etc.
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