Discover Your Roots During Family Heritage Month

 

Studying family genealogy not only helps children gain a better understanding of their identity, but it’s also a great way to get kids interested in history. Here are some fun ways to celebrate National Family Heritage Month this October:

Family Treasures

Go on a family history scavenger hunt at a relative’s house. Have your kids arm themselves with flashlights and a checklist and send them off in search of specific items. Some examples might include:

  • A piece of heirloom jewelry
  • An old film reel (maybe you can even find a way to watch it!)
  • Pictures of Grandma and Grandpa as kids
  • Some old clothes (perfect for playing dress up later!)
  • Old postcards or letters

National Heritage

Celebrate your family’s ethnic background by hosting a heritage party. Teach your kids how to create native dishes, play cultural learning games, and swap stories about your family’s past.

Explore Your Origins

Go back to your roots with National Geographic’s DNA Ancestry Kit that allows you to discover the migration paths of your ancient ancestors. Swab the inside of your child’s mouth and send the kit back to become a part of the live experiment and even find out if you have Neanderthal or Denisovan ancestry.

 

Image: Closeup of a pile of vintage family photos, via Shutterstock 

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