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Re: Family Reunion Activities, Ages 2-5

Family Mobile

What you need:

One stick or dowel, at least one foot long
Glue (if you're using a dowel)
Colored string or yarn
Scissors (safety scissors, if children will be using them)
One thumb tack
Hole Punch

1. The next time you're outside with your child, tell her that the two of you are going to find a stick, preferably a magic one. Luckily, magic sticks aren't hard to come by—any stick about a foot long that is relatively straight will do. The real fun begins when you get it back home. (In a pinch, a dowel from a sewing-supply store or the cardboard crosspiece of a dry cleaner's hanger will do.)

2. Get a bunch of family snapshots out of that old shoebox. Choose one or more of each family member and be sure to tell the story behind each photo. Kids love seeing pictures of their parents before the children were born.

3. Paste related photos back-to-back and trim them into interesting shapes. Punch a hole in the top of each photo pair.

4. Thread a string through each hole and tie it so the photo hangs at the end of the string. You can jazz up your mobile by using brightly colored yarn.

5. You might want to hang photos of older generations towards the top, with your child and her siblings at the bottom to give a sense of how a family develops over time. Use shorter string for older generations and longer string for your child and her siblings—this way they'lll hang lower where kids can see them better.

6. Tie the other ends of the string to the stick. Keep each string in place with a dab of glue.

7. Tie a longer piece of string to the middle of the stick.

8. Select a good place for your new hanging family tree where it will get plenty of light and catch the breeze.

9. Attach the loose end of the long piece of string to the ceiling with a thumbtack.

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Family Reunion Activities, Ages 2-5
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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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