Traits are your physical characteristics, like your hair or eye color. Every living thing has traits that make it unique. Most traits are passed down from parents, however, they can also come from your grandparents or even your great-grandparents. Some traits are also influenced by the environment.
To better understand how inherited traits work…
LET’S BREAK IT DOWN!
Genetics for Kids: Most traits are passed down from parents.
Parents pass their physical characteristics, or traits, to their offspring. Offspring are the children of animal parents (and that includes humans, too).
When baby animals are formed, some of the traits from the mom and some of the traits from the dad are combined to create a unique baby.
Sometimes traits can skip a generation. That’s why you might be the only one in the family with a nose that looks like your grandfather’s nose.