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Friday, October 3, 2014

October 3: Family Crests

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October is Family History Month. This is a great chance to celebrate the wonderful diversity within American families. Celebrate families’ backgrounds by having children design family crests.

Family Crest


  • A large piece of paper, at least 11"x14"
  • Photos
  • Crayons, markers, pencils
  • An outline of a shield
  • Glue (optional)


  1. Discuss family crests. Brainstorm with children to get ideas that could represent their family histories or lives. Possibilities include flags to represent countries from which their families came, pictures of food common to their ethnicity, pictures to represent first or last names, drawings depicting favorite family events, and photos of family celebrations.
  2. On the large piece of paper, trace the shield or draw an outline of desired shape.
  3. Divide the shape into three or four equal sections.
  4. In each section, draw a picture that represents one idea about your family. Some children may prefer to cut out pictures from magazines or use a family photograph. Another alternative is to use a computer, since this activity can be done easily with any drawing program.
  5. Laminate the finished crests, if possible.
  6. Have children share and compare their crests.
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Check out the full October calendar. It includes floating holidays, specialty weeks, and specialty months.

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