Here’s a fun activity your child can do next time you are visiting a grandparent or other older relative – a family history treasure hunt! Your extended family member might even enjoy dusting off some old things and showing your child.
Your child can search for family history objects and papers, and might find some of these treasures:
- Framed photos that have been taken down and tucked away
- Old china and silverware
- Christening clothing
- Emigration papers, birth certificates and other family papers
- Old clothing with special memories
- Letters, postcards and other correspondence
- Handmade crafts
- Family bible
- Traditional costumes
- Musical instruments
- Old toys
- Newspaper clippings
- School reports
- Baby record books
- Drawings and cards kept from their own children
- Special gifts
- Family heirlooms (eg. clocks, paintings and engraved objects)
Have a magnifying glass handy to look at old photos, and a pen and paper to write down some notes. Your search might even prompt some great stories from a grandparent that you could write down or record on a device of some sort.
If you have more than one child, you could turn it into a game where the children earn points for things found. The main object is the treasure hunt itself though, and not the winning. And I think the best prize is the treasures themselves!
Have fun exploring!