I made a photo book once online of my relatives that lived in other states for my kids to look at and remember who their relatives are. Sometimes aunts, uncles, and cousins live too far away to remember in day to day life for little ones. Grandparents pass away, and they too, can be easily forgotten by young children. My Mother-in law passed away when my kids were 4 months old, and 2 1/2, so although they may have seen her a few times in their lives, they hardly knew her.
Online photo albums are easy to put together and organize. Go here to see an example of one. Some companies will do them for you, but most are easy to do yourself using your digital photos you already have on your computer. When I was putting mine together, I tried to find pictures of my kids with those relatives, so that they could see that they are an important part of their lives. I had a few of my daughter as a baby with her Grandma. Those photos are priceless now. Making a small photo book that are for tiny fingers are great to keep in your purse for the grocery store, church, or in the car. My kids love looking through them and pointing out who everyone is. Include captions on the photos with names for children who can read.
Another great idea I found recently was to create a memory game out of old family photos. Kids love games. It is an easy way to engage children who are a little older too. You can make a memory game out of current relatives if you have a lot that live far away, or you can make a game out of your ancestors so that they can easily learn about their own heritage. You can go here to see a really cute version of this idea. But, the sky is the limit on how you make this game.
A few other ideas for making the memory game could be the following:
Use photo post cards. That way, there is not much trimming of the photo required.
Laminate copies of photos
Use an old memory board game that is missing pieces, and turn it into your own family version by shrinking photos down to the right size.
Or make a Bingo version using photos of family members’ faces
Children love to know their relatives, and whether they are living or have passed on, you can easily create ways for them to be remembered.
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