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Make a Family Time Capsule

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Can’t save time in a bottle? The next best thing is to save some of your family’s precious details in a shoebox today to enjoy in the future. You’!l learn a lot about each other in the process!
How to make a family time capsule

Think how your family has changed just in the last year: Teeth have likely been lost and new ones taken their place, new skills have been developed, and even favorite colors and foods have probably changed.

With this activity, you can capture those small details that you may not remember a few years from now, like your daughter’s favorite food at age 7 or your son’s favorite preschool song. It also encourages children to make some predictions about the future. When you open the time capsule in five or ten years, you may laugh as you read the predictions your kids made (flying cars, perhaps?)  and smile as you remember what your family faves were even not so long ago.

What You’ll Need
  • Shoebox with lid
  • Paint, stickers, or other decorationing supplies
  • “All About Me” questionnaire
  • Mementos from each family member
What You'll Do

1. Decorate a shoebox and its lid. Let your child paint it, make a photo collage, glue on current headlines from newspapers, or spell out her name or the year.

2. Create an “All About Me” questionnaire for your child to fill out with details about his life now and how it might be like in five years.

3. Have your child gather small mementos from her life today. Ideas include:

  • A drawing or piece of art
  • A movie ticket stub (with the movie name on it)
  • A ribbon that’s as long as your child is tall
  • A favorite T-shirt or piece of jewelry
  • A paper with the outline of your child’s hand

4. Put the mementos and completed questionnaire in the box. Choose a safe, dry place to store it. Add a reminder on the box such as “Do not open until [future date here]!”

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