My kids are still little, but they love looking back on things that they created when they were really little. We created this time capsule for kids to record important things about themselves and some fun items to look back on, such as a letter to their future self. I love holding onto keepsakes that my children spent time on and records their thoughts and special things about them.
There are 7 pages in the printable that I used, and created, but you can use any pages or keepsakes to include in your capsule.
I created this time capsule for kids at home with my kids and will be using it in my classroom this year with the students I teach. Whether you homeschool or are a teacher, a time capsule is a wonderful way to record a period in time for your child. It is also a great way to get kids writing with a purpose.
I typically have kids create the time capsule at the beginning of the school year and at the end of the year children open their time capsule and look back on everything they wrote. It makes for a great day! It was also something special for parents to look through with their child when it was sent home, and in many cases parents then stored it to open again in many years.
Printable worksheets I used, and created, are available through Teachers Pay Teachers. Link at bottom.
We started by filling out the sheets in the time capsule for kid’s package. My kids enjoyed writing about themselves and talking about their answers together. I had collected a few cylinder chip containers that we reused for the container of our time capsule. These containers work perfectly for this project and are an inexpensive option for the classroom too.
I set out a variety of arts and craft materials for my kids to begin creating and decorating their time capsule containers. They added pictures of things they liked and they had freedom to decorate it any way they wanted.
One of my favorite things that we included in the time capsules is a ribbon that measures their height.
After measuring, I attached the ribbon to one of the time capsule pages. This is a cute way to keep the ribbon secure and it is an adorable keepsake. Tracing children’s feet and hand prints are another thing that I always like to include.
Once the containers were decorated and all of the pages were filled out, we put the sheets inside the containers and sealed them up. My kids decided that they wanted to open their time capsules in twenty years. (We will see if they are able to wait that long, but either way, I know that when they do open it again we have lots to look through. )
Photographs or special pieces of art are also a great addition to any time capsule. My kids loved creating their time capsules and I am looking forward to my students creating one this year too. Happy Creating!
For the pages used in this post, click “All About Me Time Capsule Package” image.
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