Masking tape or washi tape
Sponges or fingers
1. Place seven (or more) pieces of tape on a paper in an ascending triangle pattern. I decided to only go up to my kids grandparents, but you can go as far as you’d like.
2. Draw some simple “family tree” lines to guide your tree.
3. Draw the branches of your tree. You can see that I am not much of an artist, so your tree doesn’t have to be amazing. The branches will get covered by all the painted leaves anyway.
2. Get out the paint and either sponges or fingers. I have an extra messy toddler, so I decided to used sponges instead of paint fingerprints. I told them to put leaves on the trees. They had so much fun painting their trees!
3. Let the paint dry (I hung them up to dry).
4. Remove the pieces of tape from the paper. There are now seven (or more) spots to write the names of the child and their predecessors.
5. Write in the names of the child and their parents and grandparents. (I took a picture before writing other family names for privacy.) I ended up even writing in the great-grandparents names. We talked about each person on their tree, and I circled the family member that they shared a name with. My toddler got bored pretty quickly, but my preschooler and I chatted about family members for a long time. I could see that it was easier to understand because he could see the generations. I hope my kids can remember who they’re named after and maybe be inspired by their good qualities.