Monday, July 19, 2010

Definitely NOT for the birds!

We are teaching our daughters a little family history and made small and simple pedigree charts

It is amazing to find out what they don't know--especially when we thought they knew some of this stuff!

My daughters were so surprised just to learn the full names of their Grandmas and Grandpas. We don't live close to any family members and they don't see them very often so this was a great way to make it all a little more real.

I made most of the parts for this on my Silhouette machine, but it could be just as easily done with stickers, stamps, or  drawings. The birds were precut in lots of colors so they could pick which ones they wanted. I laid out the materials and they were so excited to be given free reign and even use some things I don't normally let them use!

We gave them some ideas of how to set up their trees so that it showed a pedigree and then let them go for it. The two older girls did a fabulous job and, although their pictures look pretty similar at first glance, they are actually pretty different.

To make the nest, I used a rectangle shape that is basically a label. I smeared most of the personal info on the birds' nests, but it is a full name on one line and the birth date/death date on the next line. I showed my girls how to carefully stick the nest on over the bird so the birds appeared to be in the nest.

My youngest daughter was happy to use the distressing ink to "paint" and then play with the cutouts and other art materials. It kept her quite busy while I made a pedigree chart for her!

A few hints if you would like to make a simple pedigree chart of your own: First, this project takes longer than it looks like it will take! My daughters were pretty meticulous, but even though a lot of it was made into stickers and they just stuck them on, it took quite a while. Also, I highly recommend having everything ready to go. I helped out a lot with little things and it was really nice (like any project!) to be able to have everything right in front of me and not have to run around for it. This was especially true with all of the small parts, though. Finally, this project used lots of small pieces that needed pretty good fine motor skills to manipulate. If you are planning it for younger children (under 7?), be sure to tailor your project for their skill level. You could make a larger/less detailed tree and skip the distressing for sure.
I love the finished product!

They were pretty proud of themselves, too.
So, I framed it and hung it in my girls' rooms!

I'm linking this project HERE.


Gretchen,  said... July 19, 2010 at 1:28 PM  

That is so dang cute! I'm obsessed with birds right now, so I just LOVE that!

Nancy,  said... July 19, 2010 at 1:28 PM  

WOW!!! That is soooooo pretty! What a great way for the little ones to learn about older family members. I might have to try this.

Two Shades of Pink,  said... July 19, 2010 at 2:03 PM  

I am pretty speechless over this gorgeous project. And you know me and birds...ridiculous attachment to them. Outstanding job and idea! :)

Amy F. P.,  said... July 19, 2010 at 2:15 PM  

You have a silhouette?!?! Lucky!

I love this project. It looks so classy--and what a fun, darling way to display your family tree!

Auntie K,  said... July 19, 2010 at 6:35 PM  

I am fascinated by family trees or pedigree charts in unusual formats or media. May I please borrow your Silhouette when I next visit? I need my own tree! BTW, I just did pedigree charts with some Cub Scouts, and they didn't know any more than your girls did.

Helena,  said... July 23, 2010 at 10:01 AM  

Those birds are such a cute touch! I've never seen a family tree this cute before.

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