Getting to Know My Family

A display of family photos for a family tree

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to develop a sense of belonging and identity.

Materials Needed:

  • Family photos and records
  • Writing materials and implements

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. Look at family photos with your child. If possible, show photos of extended family members. Share stories from your childhood or stories about your ancestors and extended family.
  2. Call or visit (depending on your situation) grandparents or other family members. Ask them to share memories and stories from their lives.
  3. Write letters of appreciation to family members. Younger children can draw pictures or dictate their thoughts for you to write.

Learn More: Learn more about your family’s history by visiting a genealogy website.

Bright Horizons
About the Author
Bright Horizons
Bright Horizons
In 1986, our founders saw that child care was an enormous obstacle for working parents. On-site centers became one way we responded to help employees – and organizations -- work better. Today we offer child care, elder care, and help for education and careers -- tools used by more than 1,000 of the world’s top employers and that power many of the world's best brands
A display of family photos for a family tree