Perhaps you’ve heard family stories about the Great Depression or World War II, but have you stopped to think that your family is living through history right now? Years from now, the entire world will think back to 2020 about what they were doing or not doing as a result of COVID-19. We’ll think back in terms of before, during, and after the stay at home orders.
Why not take this opportunity to make a time capsule during this phase for your family?
What is a time capsule?
A time capsule is a collection of items that depict life as it is now stored and to be opened at a future date. Sometimes public buildings like a city hall or a public library will have time capsules built into them to be opened at a future date. You don’t have to bury it or encapsulate it within a building.
What is it made out of?
You can choose any type of container you like – anything goes really, though a container that is not clear is best. A shoebox, a manila envelope, or a metal tin that held cookies are some ideas. You can put it in the attic, in the basement, on the top shelf of a closet.
What goes inside?
This is where it gets fun. A book you enjoyed, pictures you’ve taken (an entire photo book if you’re feeling ambitious), notes written, an extra homemade mask, or a completed homeschool project are some suggestions to encourage your own ideas. Basically, anything that can stand the test of time and still hold significance and memories when they’re opened.
Have your child write his name, trace her hand, or draw a picture of the family.
Interview members of your Quaran-Team questions about staying at home and life in general. Here are some question prompts:
- What date did your family start staying at home?
- What is something you do to pass time?
- What is something you had to learn how to do during this time?
- What is something you miss doing now that we are staying home?
- What’s your favorite meal?
- What is something you are doing less of and what is something you are doing more of?
- Describe a typical weekend routine before all of this and now.
- Describe a typical M-F routine at the house before all of this started and now.
Take this opportunity to make a time capsule to capture life before, during, and after this global pandemic.