Ages: 2.5 years +
Making memories! Time capsules contain a collection of treasures and memories which your child can hide away for their future self. Watch their excitement grow as they design, fill, and bury this snapshot in time.
Choose a time capsule
The container you choose for your time capsule is dependent on where you wish to store it.
For indoor storage try:
- Shoe box
- Money box
- Plastic storage bin
- Old suitcase
For outdoor storage it needs to be weather-proof, air and watertight, and made of a material suitable for burying; try:
- Old paint can (cleaned)
- Mason jar
- Old coffee can
Optional items to include in your time capsule
There are numerous items you can include in your time capsule. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Current family pictures
- A letter to your child
- A letter from your child
- A future birthday card
- Your child’s hand/footprint
- The days newspaper
- One of your child’s toys or books
Making your time capsule
- For outdoor storage, take extra precaution to preserve your memories by sealing your items in zip lock bags before inserting into the time capsule.
- For indoor storage, ask your child to decorate the time capsule.
- Trace your child’s hand or foot so they can see how much they have grown in the future.
- Look for some family photos or take and print pictures of you and your child in the moment creating your time capsule.
- Why not write a letter or birthday card to your child which they can enjoy reading in the future.
- Encourage your child to write a letter or draw a picture which they wish to include. This can be things like what they want to be when they grow-up, their favourite cartoon show, or favourite song.
- Ask your child when in the future they would like to open the time capsule, (e.g., 5 years from now). Make note of the time and date they decide on.
- Choose a container by determining if you will store your time capsule in or outdoors.
Tips to increase the fun
- If you decide to bury your time capsule outside in the yard, why not invite the rest of the family and make it a formal ceremony by having some food and taking lots of pictures.
- An activity for another day can be making a plaque to mark when and where your time capsule was buried, and the future time and date it will be opened.
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