This mini-scrapbook gives children
a sense of their family history and allows them to compare generations. You can use individual sheets on their own or combine all the sheets into a Generations Scrapbook booklet. It can be a project children, parents, and/or grandparents/grandfriends complete together.
Print all seven pages of the Generations Scrapbook.
If children wish, they can color in the border around each page.
The first sheet is a cover. The cover has a space for a photo of the child and their comparison partner. Make color copies of a current photo of each person. Cut the photos to fit in the space provided. Fill in the name of the child with the name of the partner, and the date.
The second page, "Here We Are!" is a comparison page of baby photos of the child and partner. Make color copies of the photos; then cut and paste them into place. Include each person's name, their birth date and place, and their signature. There's also a spot for each person to put their fingerprint.
The third page, "My Family Tree" is a basic family tree. Put in the name (first line) and birth date (second line) of each person. After completing the family tree, use the birth dates to calculate the number of years between when the partner was born and when the child was born. For example, if the child was born in 2000 and their mother was born in 1975, then there's 25 years difference. If the grandparent was born in 1940, then there's 60 years difference. If the great-grandparent was born in 1910, then there's 90 years difference.
The fourth page, "What Was It Like When You Were Young?" is a basic interview about the partner's childhood. The answers can be sentences or just a few words/phrases. The important thing is to spark conversation and storytelling.
The fifth page, "Tell Me About Yourself..." is another basic interview, this time about the partner as an adult. Again, the answers can be short. The conversations that the questions trigger are most important.
The sixth page, "Our Favorite Things" is a direct comparison page that allows young and old to see the ways they are different and the ways they are the same.
The last page, "What I've Learned" is a page the child can think about and complete with the help of their partner. It's designed to help a child understand their connection to the past and the things they will carry into the future.