My family: We are family

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By Lorelli Mojicachildren’s poet and illustrator, and part-time early years teacher

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Encourage the children to discover more about their own families with these fun, practical ideas

We are family

1 My family tree

Complete a simple family tree template

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

Time

Development matters: talk about past and future events (30-50 months); begin to differentiate between past and present (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: find out about past and present events in their own lives, and in those of their families and other people they know.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Peepo! by Janet and Allan Ahlberg (Picture Puffin); selection of family photos; ‘My family tree’ activity sheet.

What to do

Ask the children to bring in some family photos from home to share with the rest of the group.

Read Peepo! to the children and talk about how life may have been different for older family members when they were children. If possible, invite parents and grandparents into the setting to talk about their childhood.

Show the children a completed example of the ‘My family tree’ activity sheet and explain how the boxes link up. Give each child a copy of the activity sheet and ask them to draw members of their own families in the boxes, then colour and decorate the tree.

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