A Special Gift from Grandpa

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Updated on Dec 28, 2012

Grandparents are always wondering what to get kids for their birthdays. This year, why don't you give your kid the gift of family history? Ask her grandparents (or another relative) to write down 10 interesting facts that your child doesn't yet know about them. You’ll offer your relatives a wonderful way to share a part of themselves, while preserving a bit of family history. As an added bonus, your child will practice her reading skills as she pours over this very special document. Who knew Grandma and Grandpa were so fascinating?

What You Need:

  • Lined paper
  • Pen or pencil
  • Picture or memento
  • "10 Things You Didn't Know About Me" list (print out a pre-made version here)
  • Computer & printer (optional)
  • Tape recorder (optional)
  • Video recorder (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Suggest that your relative record, videotape, type, or simply handwrite 10 fascinating facts about himself that your child does not know such as “Grandpa used to work at a zoo!” He can simply make a list and read from it, or make a final version of the list of facts, and use that as his gift.
  2. Encourage the relative to add a picture or memento to the package, and mail it to your child on her birthday!
  3. As your child matures, ask her to help create a list of questions for a relative to answer. She can interview the chosen relative to find her answers, and you'll start a simple family tradition!