If you’re currently looking for an educational family activity that will keep the kids busy during lockdown (and who isn’t at the moment?) then why not try building a time capsule?
Not only is this great fun, but it can help encourage the kids to learn more about the past, and to imagine their futures. Here, I’ll share my tips for creating a capsule as a family.
Make it educational
Before you set out to build your time capsule, you’ll need to decide how long you want to wait until you re-open it. Then, ask a few questions and get your children to use their imaginations.
For example, how old will they be when it’s re-opened? What might they be doing? What will the world be like in the future?
Find a sturdy box
Of course, before you can assemble your time capsule, you’ll need to find a strong box that will keep everything safe for a long time — preferably one that’s water- and air-tight. If you’ll be burying your capsule, it may help to double up and use multiple boxes to help provide an added layer of protection. Placing photos, letters, and newspaper cuttings in plastic wallets will also help to keep them safe.
Decide what to include
You can include any objects that you think might be interesting to revisit years into the future.
All of the following items are perfect for a time capsule:
• Money. A few coins and notes will show future generations how money has changed over time.
• A list of prices for everyday items, e.g. a pint of milk. This is a great opportunity to teach slightly older children about how the value of currency changes
• Newspaper cuttings.
• A few handwritten diary entries describing what an average day in lockdown is like — perfect for getting the kids to practice their writing skills!
• A family photograph.
• A note or letter to your future selves.
Find a spot to stash or bury it
Finally, you’ll need to find a place to buy or stash your time capsule. Remember, you don’t necessarily need to bury it in the ground if you don’t have access to a suitable location. Instead, you can always stow it in an out-of-the way place like an attic or storage space.
Once you’ve buried or stashed your time capsule, remember to make a note of its location so you don’t lose track of where it is!
Let us know how you get on and send any photos of your time-capsule in the making to [email protected]