If you are anything like me, come the first day of school you’ll march your kids to a favorite photo spot and go to great lengths to draw out a smile. I have a whole box full of obligatory first day of school photos–my kids portrayed through the years wearing cheesy grins and pristine backpacks. While the photos are certainly cute and definitely scrapbook-worthy, they fail to tell the whole story. Within the span of any given grade in school, my kids grow in so many ways. In an effort to more thoroughly capture all of those changes, I went beyond the first day photo and created a back to school time capsule.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Assorted colors of card stock
- Container (I used a small metal tin but a shoebox or mason jar would suffice)
Print out the questionnaire (or create one of your own) and have your child fill it out. I helped Jayce with spelling, but I encouraged him to write his own answers so that we’ll have a visual of his handwriting improvements throughout the year.
Trace your child’s hand prints on a piece of card stock. Cut it out.
Measure your child’s height. Cut a ribbon to the exact length.
Place all of the time capsule components into your container and store it until the end of the school year—no peeking! On the last day of school, open your time capsule and help your child to record his or her updated answers on the questionnaire. It’s always fun to see how much the answers have changed over the course of a single school year. You can also use the hand cutout and ribbon to see how much your child has grown throughout the year.
Easy peasy, right?