If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen a recent post that I shared about a #My ForeverFamily 30 Day Challenge. You can read more about the challenge, HERE, on Chicken Scratch N Sniff. Here’s a quick little synopsis of the challenge, though. The #MyForeverFamily challenge is a challenge that celebrates family, and will help you grow closer as you participate in each daily activity. I am teaming up with 14 other amazing bloggers to provide amazing ideas, resources, and tips to help you meet the challenge and celebrate this Easter with your whole family. Here’s a peek at the activities for each day:
The challenge runs from February 27th through Easter (March 27th). I will be sharing ideas from fellow bloggers on Facebook, so head on over and ‘LIKE’ my page. 🙂 I will also be sharing on Pinterest as well. And for a list of all the participating bloggers, head on over to Chicken Scratch N Sniff. 🙂
FAMILY HISTORY PUZZLES
Today I am sharing an idea that you could use for day #12: Make a Family History Wordsearch. I am so excited to share these with my children, and help them learn a little bit more about their family and ancestors.
I decided to create a Word Search AND a Crossword Puzzle. Since my children won’t know all the answers to the Crossword Puzzle, I thought of having them first do the Word Search, then they can use the words from the Word Search to fill in the Crossword Puzzle. They will read through each of the ‘Clue Statements’ and then look at the list of words on the Word Search to see which answer they think it is.
I’m planning on doing this as an FHE activity. We will have everyone do their puzzle, and then share stories and facts about the statements on the paper. For instance:
One of the statements is “Grandpa’s Father (Grandpa Bus) was a ______.
PILOT! My Mother-in-law told me that he was a pilot, and during the hard winters he would often fly food and medicine to surrounding towns and drop the supplies by parachute. My kiddos will love that fact!
Some of the clues and answers are nationalities of our family, like: Basque, French, German, and Danish.
If you don’t have information about your ancestors, no worries. Create these puzzles with information about your family and other immediate family members. This would also be a great reason to call your Grandmother, Grandfather, Aunts, Uncles, etc. and find out some interesting facts about their life or about deceased members.
When I was creating my puzzles I called up my mother-in-law and my sister (family history gurus). 🙂 They supplied me with wonderful facts that my children will love!
Want to learn how I made these? Read below to find out!
First, I wrote down the facts that I knew, and the facts that my family shared with me. Then I headed on over to Discovery Education Puzzlemaker. I created my Crossword puzzle first, so I clicked on the ‘Criss Cross’ puzzle option.
I followed the directions and got to work typing in my answers and clues, and then clicked on ‘Create My Puzzle!’ You can then print out the puzzle ‘as is’ right from the site. I decided to take it a step further and make my puzzle a little more cute. 🙂 No judgements please. haha.
As I said, you can print the finished puzzle from Discovery Education, but I took my finished puzzles and then edited them a little more in Photoshop. If you are a little tech-savvy and would like to use my puzzle template, then here are some tips to create your own version of my puzzles as pictured above. BUT you can simply create the puzzles using this Discovery Education link: Here.
First, you will need to create your puzzles on Discovery Education (link above). Once you have it all made, you will want to right click on the ‘squares’ section and click on ‘Save Image as’. Type in a file name that you would like to save it as. Next, download and save my Puzzle templates to your computer (links below). Open the files in an editing type software (Microsoft word or similar). You’ve got my Crossword Puzzle opened in Word, so now you will go up and click on ‘Insert Picture’ and insert your Crossword image that you just saved. Once you have it opened, it should show up in front of my Puzzle template (am I losing you, I hope not!).
Click on your Crossword Image, and then up at the top you will see a ‘Wrap Text’ tab/option. Click on that and then click on ‘In Front of Text’. This will help you move the crossword image to the spot you would like.
Once you have the image where you want it, deselect the image or re-size if needed.
You can then go and copy and paste the clues that you typed in or just re-type them below the crossword image.
Once it’s done, PRINT!
The Word Search is a little trickier to edit because it’s not an image. But you could just count how many rows and columns you have in your Word Search, and then insert a table on top of my Puzzle template. Then type in or ‘copy and paste’ the letters from the puzzle that was created into the table you created.
Another Word Search idea I had was to have family member names as the words. You could include grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, etc. I have used the Discovery Puzzlemaker tons, and LOVE it! So, I hope you find it useful as well. 🙂
I hope you enjoy my Family History Puzzle ideas, and use them in your family. What do you as a family to learn about your ancestors? I’d love to hear, so leave a comment.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!