Family Tradition Project Ideas

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

Family traditions reflect the culture, background, and values of a family. These projects will provide students an opportunity to share their own traditions while learning about the traditions of others.

Family Tradition

When you think about family, what are the memories that come to mind? Often, our memories are wrapped up in the routines and habits that are passed down from generation to generation. Sometimes, traditions reflect the culture or religious beliefs of the family. Other times, families have simple rituals or activities that everyone looks forward to repeating year after year. These projects provide students an opportunity to learn about other families, cultures, and beliefs through collaboration with their peers.

Family Tradition Projects


For this project, students will create a class scrapbook that reflects the diversity of the students.

Grade level: K-12

Length: 60-120 minutes, partially completed at home

Materials needed: scrapbook

Provide each student with one blank page from a scrapbook.

Have each student fill the front and back of their scrapbook page with captioned pictures and memorabilia that reflect their family traditions.

Compile all pages of the scrapbook into one class book.

Have each student describe their family's scrapbook page to the class. Students should explain the origin of each tradition if it is known.

Place the scrapbook in the classroom library for students to review.


Many family traditions include special foods that are enjoyed during holidays and other occasions. For this project, students will share a food-related tradition with their peers.

Grade level: K-12

Length: 60-120 minutes, partially completed at home

Materials needed: recipe cards

Provide each student with a recipe card.

Have each student think of a food-related tradition in their family. For example, some families drink hot cocoa while decorating the Christmas tree. Other families celebrate winter holidays with potato pancakes and applesauce.

Have students write their family recipe for the special food on the recipe card.

Have students make samples of this food for students to try if they choose. (Check local school policies regarding sharing homemade treats.)

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