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It’s All in the Family

We’re all individuals, but family members share similarities

May 7, 2018

Do you look like your brothers and sisters? Does anyone ever say to you "Wow! You look just like your dad did when he was your age!"

Though some of us look more like our parents than others do, we all have traits that are passed on to us from our mom and dad.

In our families, each of us is a unique individual, yet similarities to our family members can be noticed. Some physical traits are easy to see, but there are some other traits that can be determined with some easy and fun activities. Try these to figure out how similar (or different) you are to members of your family.

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Say "Ah"!

This experiment allows you to stick out your tongue without getting into trouble!

You will need:

Brother, sister, mom, dad, grandma, grandpa or other family members, including yourself

Mirror if you do not have another person looking at your tongue

Here is what you need to do:

Stick out your tongue and try to "roll" it. Have someone watch you or use a mirror.

Are you a tongue roller? Are you a non-roller?

Record your information.

Ask your brother, sister, mom, dad, grandma and grandpa to do the same.

Record who can roll and who cannot.

No matter how hard you try, a non-roller cannot roll!

Notice who in your family is a roller and who is a non-roller.

Unique Prints

Fingerprinting your relatives is a great project! You will have evidence for who stole the cookies from the cookie jar!

You will need:


Transparent tape


Yellow sticky notes

Variety of family and non-family members

Here is what you will need to do:

Make a dark pencil mark on a piece of paper about 1 inch square (2.54 cm x 2.54 cm).

Gently roll (don't smear) your right index finger in the dark pencil mark.

Have a family member help you to place a piece of transparent tape over the black pencil mark on your index finger.

Carefully remove the transparent tape and place it on a yellow note. This process transfers the fingerprint to the paper. The fingerprint should show up very well on the yellow background.

Examine the fingerprint carefully. What does it look like?

Follow this procedure with any family members and compare their index fingerprints with yours. Are they similar? Are they different?

After you have compared the right index fingerprint with those of your family members, try other fingers and compare.

Compare your prints with some prints from your friends and other non-family members. Are they similar to your fingerprints or are they different?

Maybe you will find out that you have more in common than you think.



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