Activity Day Ideas #3
Before this activity I sent the girls home with a blank pedigree chart (pdf) and instructions to fill out the chart as much as possible with a parent and to find a story from their family history (recent or distant past) to share with the group.
The girls brought their charts, and we glued them into their booklets. And then we took turns sharing our stories. I kind of enjoyed that part of the evening (especially since some of the stories involved the girls’ parents). However much I enjoyed it, the girls didn’t really like it (and I suspect one of them ‘forgot’ to tell her parents about it and missed it on purpose).
To be honest I don’t know how one could make a family history activity fun. In my experience either you have the family history bug or you don’t, and if you don’t have it then this sort of stuff is boring no matter how you dress it up. However it is one of the goals listed under Learning and Living the Gospel, and that is one category that they all needed work on. So I thanked the girls for powering through it and promised them a fun activity next time.
So, anyone have ideas about how to make filling out a pedigree chart and sharing family history stories fun?