As we were relaxing after a whirlwind spree of Christmas celebrations, I started thinking ahead towards the new year. As adults, we often make resolutions and promises to ourselves, but how could that concept be reinterpreted for kids? It reminded me of a scene in one of the Berenstain Bears books , where Sister Bear gets to compare her drawings and handwriting from when she was 5 and 6 years old — to help her see how far she’s come (The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Birthday #afflink).
And then it hit me — we could make a yearly time capsule for the boys to fill each year after Christmas! The capsule could be stored away with all our holiday decorations, so I wouldn’t need to remember where it got stashed… and have the bonus of being brought out every year since we always get our house decorated to some extent (some years more than others).
So, I found a cute tea tin that we’d received a present in, and had Toby decorate a panel of paper with Dot a Dot markers #afflink. The markers were one of Toby’s gifts from Christmas. I have to say, these are the greatest things ever. The fun of paint, without the prep work, mess, or cleanup. Toby had fun putting dots all over the paper. Meanwhile, I cut out a family photo of us.
We then used a glue stick to coat the backs of both items, and fastened them to the tin can. Toby ran around the house with our time capsule excitedly for a few minutes; then it was my turn to write “time capsule” on the side.
After that, we filled the capsule with a variety of items:
- Zack’s baby stats
- Toby’s favorite things and “interview questions” that were included in our Christmas card
- outlines of the boys’ hands
- a family photo
- pictures of the boys
- favorite presents we each received
- favorite presents we each gave
- favorite thing we ate over the holidays
- Toby’s artwork
Toby wanted to put a toy in the capsule too, but once I explained he wouldn’t be able to use it until next year, he decided against that.
We had a lot of fun filling this yearly time capsule, and I envision it becoming a treasured family tradition. Maybe I’ll even document or scrapbook the contents each year… who knows?
Have you ever made a time capsule? What were the most popular items you put inside? What would you put inside a yearly time capsule? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.