Turn your kids into cub-reporters. Deck 'em out with a mini-tape recorder (if you have one) or a pen and note paper always work. Have some fun with it. Help them come up with a pseudonym. Make official credentials. Throw on a hat, vest or tie and your child is ready to hit the streets! Be sure to have a mini lesson on the 5 'W's of good investigative reporting. Prepare some basic questions such as a favorite movie, best subject in school or first paying job. Have them start by interviewing someone that is already familiar. Maybe this will be a sibling or parent. As they become comfortable with the process, have them branch out to more distant relatives. Pictures add a lot to any story. Let them use an older digital camera to snap a picture. If that's not possible, include a picture from your files, or have your child add a drawing to their report.
Not only is this a great way to become more familiar with family members, but your children will start to recognize how things like fads and technology change over time. They might also notice that some things --such as peer pressure and sibling rivalry, never change.