Social Studies Activity
Children can begin to think about their family histories and their
own lives by making a family crest.
Discuss family crests. Then brainstorm with children to get ideas that could represent
their family histories or lives. Here are just a few of the many possibilities:
- Flags that represent the countries their families came from
- Pictures of foods that are common to their ethnicity
- Pictures that represent first or last names
- Drawings that depict favorite family events
- Photos that show family celebrations
WHAT YOU NEED
- A large piece of paper, at least 11"x14"
- The pictures
- Crayons, markers, pencil
- An outline of a shield cut from oak tag
- Glue (optional)
WHAT TO DO
- On the large piece of paper, trace the oak tag shield or draw an outline of any shape (such as an oval).
- Divide the shape into three or four equal sections.
- In each section, draw a picture that represents one idea about your family. Some children may prefer to cut
out pictures from magazines or use a family photograph.
Another alternative is to use a computer, since this activity can be done easily with any drawing program.
- Laminate the finished crests, if possible.
- Have children share and compare their crests.
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