Our older son grew up with grandparents, aunts, and uncles all within an hour of our home. He was truly raised by a village of people! However, before the birth of our second son, we moved four hours away from our amazing family support system. We knew, though, how amazing those relationships with extended family were, so we came up with a way to help our younger son identify his kin as he grew older.
We took pictures of all of our relatives and printed them out on sheets of photo paper. Then, we mounted these pictures to magnetic sheets. Next, we cut out each individual person (I cut close to the outline of the person to make them “paper dollish”) and cut out names for labels for each person as well. Our refrigerator and dish washer are decorated with smiling faces of family and close friends, and our sons both love to “play” with their family. When we talk to relatives on the phone, the boys can look at that person they are talking to and make a connection with them!