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Sesame Street

My Family Traditions Book

Explore family and culture by making a book about your own family traditions.


  • Family photos or pictures
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Tape
  • Scissors (adults only)
  • Hole puncher (adults only)
  • String


  1. Talk with your child about activities and traditions that you do within your family or culture, such as Sunday Storytime, Taco Tuesdays, or eating Thanksgiving dinner with aunts and uncles. Let her know that you’re going to make a book about these special things you do as a family, and she can look through it anytime to remind her of all of the ways her family is unique.
  2. Collect photos of your family doing these traditions or draw pictures of them. As you find photos or draw pictures, ask your child, “What are your favorite things about this tradition?” Share your own answers to these questions too.
  3. Cut out the pictures for your child and help her tape them onto construction paper.
  4. Have your child tell you about what is going on in each picture and write down what she says on the construction paper.
  5. Write “My Family Traditions,” on a piece of construction paper to make a cover for the book, and encourage your child to decorate it. Write “Author:” below the title, and help your child write her name on the cover.
  6. Using a hole puncher, makes holes on the left side of the pages and tie pieces of string through them to assemble the pages.
  7. Read your new book together!

Talk About It

Talk with your child about how everyone comes from a different type of family and has different family traditions. Some of your family traditions might be the same or different from her friends’ family traditions. Let her know that the different traditions and things people do as a family are part of what makes each family special.

Take It Further

Help your child think about how she feels when participating in family traditions. The next time you’re doing a special thing together as a family, take out your “My Family Traditions” book and ask your child how the special activity makes her feel. Write the feeling word next to the activity and encourage her draw a face to represent the feeling.

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