A game for getting to know your ancestors!
I’m always looking for fun ways to help family members learn about and make a connection with their ancestors. We’ve played “Wheel of Ancestors” and “Ancestor Jeopardy” with large groups of our family members and I think most of our family are pretty familiar with many of our family “stories”.
Recently I decided to create a game for smaller groups. This game is a fun way to really learn interesting facts about your ancestors and to test the knowledge of those playing the game. I call it the “Black Sheep Game”.
Black Sheep Game Instructions
How well do “Ewe” know your ancestors?
Print, cut and laminate several copies of the “Black Sheep” cards. You can make as many copies as you want. You can also glue a colored paper to the back of the game cards before laminating to make it more difficult to tell which cards have the “black sheep” on them.
Write ancestors or family names on each sheep card using the lines one each card. It is fun to also include family members that are well known such as Grandpa and Grandma, aunts and uncles etc. If available, you may even want to put a small picture of the ancestor on the card.
· Turn the cards upside down in the center of the table.
· Draw a card
White Sheep Card
· If there is a white sheep on the card read the name and tell something you know about that ancestor. If you are correct you may keep the sheep card.
· If a “shepherd” card is drawn you can “take a white sheep” card from any of the players but you must read the name on the card and say something you know about them.
Black Sheep Cards
If a “black sheep” card is drawn you lose all of your cards, they go back into the card pile.
· NOTE: Players may repeat information already used in the game.
· This game can go on forever, just end when your time is up. Count how many sheep cards each player has at the end of the time and give a prize to the player with the most cards.