I feel like the older my kids get the faster time seems to zip by, especially in the summer. Sadly our summer is coming to a close and we are busy gearing up for a new school year. One of our families favorite back to school traditions is our Back to School Time Capsules. It’s the perfect way to preserve all of those special memories you don’t want to forget as the year flashes by.
I teamed up with DecoArt to create this fun DIY pencil-shaped back to school time capsule. You can visit the DecoArt blog to get the list of supplies and the step-by-step tutorial to create your own time capsule.
One of my favorite things about this tradition is being able to see how much each kid changes throughout the school year. It’s so cool to see how their handwriting changes and how much they grow. It’s one of those things that you think you would notice or remember, but I’m always so grateful at the end of the year that we took the time to put these treasures in a time capsule.
When my oldest started kindergarten I started this tradition by having her fill out this simple Back to School questionnaire. Since then we have been filling out the same questionnaire and it’s a fun and easy way to see what they are excited about and what they love. At the end of the year, I have them fill out my free End of the Year printable to compare how their answers change throughout the year.
If you are looking to create your own Back to School Time Capsule here are some other ideas for things you can have your kids do and include in their time capsule.
Back to School Time Capsule Ideas
1. Fill out the First Day of School Interview
Download the free printable and have your kids answer the questions
2. Measure and record their height and weight
Track their growth on a growth chart or write down their height and weight on a piece of paper at the beginning of the year to see how much taller they are at the end of the year.
3. Include a Photograph
Take a photo from the beginning of the year and include it in the time capsule. Make sure you take a picture at the end of the year in the same spot to compare how much they have grown and changed throughout the year.
4. Trace Their Handprint
There is something so sweet about little kid handprints. Trace a hand at the beginning of the year with one color and trace over it at the end of the year with another color to see how those sweet little hands have grown.
5. Dreams and Goals
As my kids get older I love having them write down their dreams and goals to include in our time capsule. I love that it gives them something personal to work toward, and to see their achievement with those personal goals at the end of the year is amazing.
6. Keep Up with Current Events
Have your kids either write about a current event or include news clippings from the beginning of the year. Do the same at the end of the year and keep these stories year after year until they graduate from high school.
7. Include Artwork and Assignments
Make sure you include special artwork, A+ assignments or examples of work they are proud of throughout the year!
Whether your kids are starting kindergarten or headed off to middle school this year this DIY Back to School Time Capsule is the perfect way to preserve memories and keepsakes throughout the year. Be sure to visit DecoArt to see all of the details you will need to create your own DIY Pencil Time Capsule.