If you enjoyed THE ADOPTION of BORIS here are some activities you may want to try. They are arranged into four main categories: GENEALOGY (Family Trees), SCRAPBOOKING, JOURNALING & DINOSAURS. After you try an activity, please go to my CONTACT page and send me an email about your experiences. I would enjoy seeing a photo of your results!
MY FAMILY TREE
GENEALOGY is the study of families and how people are related. People use genealogy to find out about relatives and their history. It is kind of like a detective search.
One way to show a picture of you and your family is by creating a family tree. Your family tree is a chart that shows you, your parents, and your grandparents, and so on. Your family tree can start with yourself. Make a simple chart and give it more details as you learn them. Here's how to begin:
Get about ten sticky notes or small pieces of paper.
Now you can arrange these names into your family tree.
If you keep working on this, you can see how each row gets bigger. It branches up and out kind of like a tree and that's where it gets the name “Family Tree.”
Each layer or row in the tree stands for a different GENERATION. If you have any sisters and brothers, they will be in your generation. Any of your dad's or mom's sisters or brothers (those are your aunts and uncles) are in your parents' generation. And so forth.
You can make your tree as simple or as complicated as you wish. You can color code girls and boys. You can add birthdates and places, dates of marriage, and dates and places of death when that applies. Below is an example of a more detailed tree showing how you can add more family members.
How do you find out this information?
Have fun building your family tree. Keep it in a safe place, such as a scrapbook or a folder where you can add new information as you get it. Collect and save any stories you hear from your relatives.
In THE ADOPTION OF BORIS story, Christopher makes a scrapbook for Boris. Scrapbooking is such a popular activity today perhaps you would like to start a scrapbook about yourself. Decide what kind of a scrapbook you want. You can put separate pages together in a loose-leaf notebook, a blank book, or buy a special scrapbook ready to decorate.
MATERIALS: Blank paper, a notebook, or a new scrapbook; glue or tape, pens, paints, colored pencils, photographs, old magazines you can cut up, colored construction paper, paper punch. You can find tons of scrapbooking decorations and supplies at specialty stores. Or make your own. Collect photos of yourself from infancy to today.
START WITH THE COVER:
After you finish decorating the cover for your book you can begin planning more pages to add.
If you were adopted, you might want to tell the story of your own adoption. Go to the library or use the internet to learn more about adoption. You might need to ask an adult for help with this project. Find out the names of some famous people who were adopted or who have adopted children, such as presidents, movie stars, athletes, etc.
Make a favorites page.
Visit scrapbook stores for ideas.
Do your scrapbooking with friends or family members and share ideas as you go.
Another way to keep track of your life is by keeping a diary or journal.
You can buy a special book, called a diary, with pages or sections of pages that are made for your daily entries. Or you can simply start out with blank pieces of paper and add more as needed. Another really fun way to keep a diary is with a blank book that you can buy in a stationery department or at an art store. These are nice if you like to draw or paste in little keepsakes as you get them.
If you set aside ten or fifteen minutes each day before bed or first thing in the morning you will get into the habit of writing in your diary and you will be more likely to keep it up. Try to write something each day, but it's okay if you miss.
What did you do today?
If you go on a trip, be sure to take your diary along with you. It's fun to tell about new places, your adventures, or draw sketches of things you see or paste in special postcards or photos.
After you have done a diary for a year, go back and read about yourself.
CHRISTOPHER'S DINOSAUR (Shortbread) COOKIES
These cookies are fun to make with dinosaur cookie cutters.
You can buy dinosaur cookie cutters in kitchen stores or use Google to find them on the internet.
TOOLS YOU WILL NEED: Mixing bowl, mixing spoon, measuring spoons, measuring cups, cookie cutters, rolling pin, parchment paper, cookie sheet, electric mixer (optional), cake decorating tools or several small plastic sandwich baggies.
Use a rolling pin and roll dough 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
In one bowl add a drop of red color. Stir with a spoon.
Add one drop of green color to the second bowl. Stir with a clean spoon.
(Notice in the photos above that a paler color can be made by adding more uncolored icing.)
Put a drop of blue in the third bowl, and a drop of yellow in bowl four.
NOW FOR THE DECORATING:
Just have fun. If they look strange, so what? They are dinosaurs!
Eat one . . . Yumm!
Finished Cookies, Icing Bowls and Other Equipment
MAKE YOUR OWN COLORED PAPER DINOSAURS
MAKE A DINOSAUR MOBILE