Story behind this creation:
I am teaching my 7 years old son to learn how to read and write the family member terms in Chinese. I do not need to explain how confusing it can be for a young child to understand how to address the relatives, I find it hard as well because my dad has a big family. I used to just memorise their names.
When I decided to teach my son this topic the first thing that pops in my mind is a family tree. I was looking for one that is easy to understand for kids, with clear traditional Chinese terms, on the internet. But I could not find exactly the one that I like. So I created some myself. In this activity set, I have separated the maternal and paternal sides simply because they have different names for the relatives; it would be much easier to learn them separately, rather than one big family tree with both sides.
Next I included a Barrier Game to reinforce the terms in a fun way. I designed many simple scenes to go with the game. Barrier game is a wonderful tool to support a child’s speech and language skills. For details please take a look at this post written by Talking Matters.
I have created a FREE version which you can download from here (link to Google Drive). This free version focuses on the basic family members namely, mum and dad, and brothers and sisters. It includes a family tree (1 page), “People”, “Word”, and “Definition” cards (3 pages total), and a picnic scene (1 page). Please feel free to download it and try it out. If you and your kids like it, a FULL VERSION can be purchased from my Etsy Shop.
Basic family members: Mum, dad, brothers, and sisters.
Maternal and paternal grandparents, aunties, uncles, and cousins.
Please read on to find out more about this activity set. The followings refer to my FULL VERSION but can also be applied on the free one that you downloaded through my Google Drive.
How to set up the Barrier Game:
Before the game:
Explain to the player(s) the aim of this game, which is to make their picture look the same as yours (or the other player(s)). Explain that in order to do this, you have to be a good listener (if he or she is the one listens to the instructions) or a good talker (if giving out instructions). Tell the player(s) that the barrier is set up so that you cannot see what the other is doing, and so you have to listen carefully (or give instructions clearly).
How to play:
Why use Happy Minds with Busma teaching set?
You can purchase this set (FULL VERSION) from my Etsy Shop .