Summer Family History Activity #1
I know, I know. You saw that coming a mile away! Hear me out: your kids may not have thought about how indispensable fires were to their ancestors. They absolutely needed fire so they could eat! So we’ll start here, since the rest of your fun summer family history activities revolve around this step.
How did my ancestors make fire?
Summer Family History Activity #2
Cook over the fire
Have your kids ever wondered how their ancestors survived without a microwave? Or an OVEN?! (Or takeout pizza?) Dutch ovens became super important to those crossing the plains, and they are still in use today! If you don’t have a dutch oven, here are some other fun things to cook over the fire:
- Foil dinners are so fun to cook over the coals of your fire, and kids love to make their own food creations!
- Hot dogs are a simple yet fun thing to cook outside.
- S’mores, a campfire classic that you can do traditionally or spice it up with different types of candy bars and marshmallows. My favorite variation is replacing regular chocolate with Andes mints. Something I want to try next time is pretzels instead of graham crackers and caramel instead of chocolate (or maybe just in addition). My favorite way to find new combos is to search on Etsy for S’mores Bar Menus.
- Starbursts. This is something I picked up at college. I’d never even thought to do this but it’s kid of fun to try!
- Marshmallows – it doesn’t get easier than this! But grab those wet wipes first…
Don’t get too excited. Cooking needs to be done over the coals, so while the flames of your fire are burning bright you can try some of the following summer family history activities!
Summer Family History Activity #3
Summer Family History Activity #4
Everyone likes a good story, am I right? You could start with telling stories about family members your kids know. That’s family history! If you have extended family at your campfire, this is when the best stories seem to come out. Be ready to record them! Most of these really great stories about people we know and love aren’t saved, so take a couple seconds and whip out your phone to audio record them while you’re telling them to the kids! Not sure how? Here’s a quick video that shows you how easy it is to audio record your memories.
You could also read a short story from a family history book or easily find stories on FamilySearch!
Summer Family History Activity #5
Music in any form is a great way to help kids connect with their family history. And no, you don’t need to have actual talent! If you don’t have a musical bone in your body, play some songs on a speaker from when you were a kid. You could also play some songs from the 20’s (or any decade you enjoy!) and tell your kids who in your family was alive during that time. Here’s a list of some fun ideas for incorporating music into your campfire:
- Camp Songs – Anyone been to scout camp or girls camp as a kid? Sing some of those fun songs with your kids! Your history is their history.
- Lullabies – sing some songs or lullabies your parents sang to you.
- Family Songs – Are there any songs that are regularly sung in your family? Teach them to your kids and if they already know them, sing together!
- Hymns – do you have any favorite family hymns? If you have pioneer ancestors, they likely sang hymns on their journey to keep spirits up.
- Instruments – if you play an instrument that can be easily brought out, share a song or two with your kids!
Don’t forget you don’t have to sing to enjoy music from your family history! In addition to the ideas above, you could also play some traditional songs or national anthems from countries your ancestors came from.