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In this activity, kids use mud and objects from nature to create faces that represent their own unique family, families you know or those you can imagine. This activity is featured in our free June Activity Calendar and includes ways to help grown ups help kids see and celebrate the diversity across all families with options to tie into Pride Month.
- Which family members live in your child’s house? Which family members live farther away?
- Who are the neighbors, caregivers or friends who are a part of your family’s extended community?
- If you can, look at photos of family members together to spark discussion. What makes each person special? What are your child’s favorite memories or things to do with each family member?
Celebrate diversity and connect to Pride Month: Talking about families and love is a marvelous way to naturally help kids see, celebrate and internalize the beautiful diversity among all families. Each family is unique, and when we base the definition of family in love and care instead of any particular family constellation, we prepare kids to recognize and understand the concept of "family" that includes all families—families that look like the families in most TV shows and families who have: grandparents, older siblings or other guardians at the helm; parents of the same gender or no gender; families formed by adoption; large extended families; small, strong single-parent families; blended families; and more.
Here are a few ways to naturally use this activity to support a wide and rich understanding of family.
- Celebrate diversity within your own family: As you talk about your family, this is also a great chance to talk about how all people and all families are unique. As a connection to Pride Month, for example, celebrate any members of your own family who identify as LGBTQ+.
- Broaden your definition of family: If you want to help kids see even more types of families than your own, great books can also really help. Two of our favorites are Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer and A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O'Leary. You can check our Pride Month Book List for more, too.
- Make a family that looks different from yours: Make some more mud (or just grab art supplies) and keep making families, real or imagined—and include families that are different from yours. What other families do we know who are different from our family? What families did we see or read about in the books we read? Enjoy talking, making or even just slowing down to notice how wonderfully different families are. There may be no better way to prepare kids to love and respect all humans!
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