Family Keepsakes – 5 Ways

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Every primary school aged kid comes home with an assignment to complete their family tree. Take the opportunity to grasp their new-found interest in their family history and create some family keepsakes yourself or with some help from the kids:

  1. Grab the video camera (highly recommed a FLIP! – High Definition and super portable) and interview your kids – get them to talk about their friends, their day, their parents, their life.
  2. Write a letter to your kids every few months or at the same time every year. Describe in detail their lives, their surroundings, the people in their lives. Write to them individually.
  3. Buy a cheap tripod and set up the video camera. Pretend you are Andrew Denton or Parky and interview your parents – your kid’s grandparents. Prepare around 20 questions for the interview so you are not stuck for content. You will be surprised how much they will tell you, and how much you enjoy the process yourself! (*)
  4. Get your kids to take photos of their world and create a powerpoint presentation. Take photos of rooms, clothes, toys, friends, food etc .
  5. Get your kids to record a speech or a poem via microphone on your computer or phone. Or create a radio news report on the family activities. Include pets and people in the news report.

* Sample questions for your interview with your parents:

  • Where did you grow up as a kid?
  • Who were your friends?
  • Can you describe your house, street, suburb?
  • What was your first job?
  • First car?
  • First love?
  • Where and when did you and Mum/Dad meet?
  • What was it about Mum/Dad that first attracted you to him/her?
  • What has been your favourite holiday so far?
  • What have you learned about people?
  • What advice would you give young people today?
  • What has been the toughest part of your life so far?
  • What are you looking forward to?

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