Make Your Family Crest
A family crest derives from the tradition of warriors and knights wearing something to display their achievements or a story about themselves to announce themselves and their strengths to their opponents. This eventually evolved into having a family crest that tells who you are, what your history is, and what you care about as a family. A crest is shaped like a shield and has designs or symbols and sometimes writing on it to represent these things.
How To Do It
Step 1: Print or create a crest image
Step 2: Pick a few visuals to display on your crest. Possible subjects include:
Favorite family foods
Favorite family activities
Favorite elements of your heritage
Favorite elements of your culture
A child’s personal choice
Step 3: Create a Family Motto
A family motto can consist of a few words that describe your family’s strength and is written along the bottom of the crest.
Step 4: Display your family crest
How Is This Family History?
This activity can encourage dialogue within the family about a child’s personal and familial identity. This is a hands-on way to help them to discover and recognize their family’s strengths and traditions.