Audience: Families (children, youth, and adults)
Objective: Family members of all ages will have fun with very simple activities that help to turn their hearts to their ancestors and get them started with family history.
Create activity sheets with a variety of simple activities that can be done at home or outside the home. The activity sheets can be customized for different age groups (recommended age groups: ages 3–6, ages 7–11, and teenagers and adults). Provide families with an activity sheet for each family member.
The activity sheets can be designed however you choose. One option is to arrange the activities in a grid pattern (five squares by five squares) and invite participants to complete five activities in a row—across, down, or diagonally. For an extra challenge, family members can try for “blackout”—completing all of the activities on the sheet.
Examples of activities include the following:
- Find out how your parents met and where they got married.
- Draw a picture of your family at the temple.
- Get your own log-in on FamilySearch.org
- Upload a picture of an ancestor to FamlySearch.org
- Complete your own copy of the booklet My Family: Stories That Bring Us Together booklet.
- Find out how you got your name.
- Collect your birth certificate and baptism and confirmation certificate, and put them in archival sheet protectors.
- Print a fan chart of your family from FamilySearch.org
Invite families to bring completed activity sheets with them to the center to receive a small recognition or reward. You might consider preparing a simple, short activity or presentation at the center for when the families come.