I loved making Time Capsules with my first graders at the beginning of the year! This is a great activity for teachers, but it would be fun for parents to do with their children. It could be fun to do with first graders, beginning of junior high and the beginning of high school. It’s fun to see how the student has grown and who they were at the beginning and who they are at the end. Each teacher/parent/student can decide what they would like to put in the time capsule.
This is what I would do. At the beginning of the year, each student would do these activities.
1. Put their name and date on each page. Following directions is an important part of the time capsules! First graders follow directions very differently at the beginning of the year than at the end! LOL
2. The Alphabet: Write the capital and lower case for each letter of the alphabet. Only write 5 pairs on each line. Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee
Ff Gg Hh Ii Jj and so on.
3. Numbers: They would have 15 minutes to write as many numbers as they can. They place a comma between each number. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and so on.
4. Picture: Draw a picture.
5. Story: Have them look at their picture and create a story about it.
6. Draw a picture of themselves.
Then we would staple these papers together, fold them in half, place them in an empty toilet paper tube, write their name and decorate the outside, place them in a large paper bag, and bury them in some place fun. Make it a big deal
Right before the end of school, we would do THE EXACT SAME THING, “dig up” the buried ones up and compare. It’s so fun to see their reaction to how they have grown. They are amazed! It’s fun to save these for some day when they are older! Even more amazement!
It’s great to acutally see how much we grow:)
Hope you give it a go!