If you have never done a New Year Time Capsule Box you need to start this year. This is such a fun and meaningful project to do as a family and years from now you will be amazed to see what you saved.
This is one of my favorite New Year’s Eve Traditions since it’s an easy way to reflect on the past year and look forward to new adventures ahead.
WHAT IS A NEW YEAR TIME CAPSULE?
I remember time capsules being very popular when I was a child. We talked about them at school and one year our class even made one. I wonder if it has ever been recovered?? 🙂
A time capsule is basically a cache of information and items that you are saving to be retrieved and looked at again sometime in the distant future. Time capsules have been around for a long time. Historians have found caches that resemble time capsules dating back as far as 1761!
WHAT DO YOU INCLUDE IN A NEW YEAR TIME CAPSULE?
Traditional time capsules will include items that may be of interest to people in the future. The time capsule is supposed to show what life was like the year you created the time capsule.
A New Year Time Capsule is a little bit different because we are going to be opening it up the following year on New Year’s Eve.
Our time capsule box will include some information about you and your family members.
Each person can fill out these printable forms to include in the box:
- All About Me
- Last Year’s Accomplishments
- This Year’s Goals
- A Letter to My Future Self
It is also fun to include a current picture of each person, small items or trinkets that you love and maybe even a napkin from your favorite restaurant.
WHAT DO WE PUT THE ITEMS IN?
If you plan to actually bury this New Years Time Capsule Box you will want to get a very sturdy waterproof container.
There are some awesome containers for sale that double as geocache boxes. Here are some good ones:
- Time Capsule Stainless Steel Container
- Outdoor Waterproof Survival Container Capsule
- Large Time Capsule Airtight Waterproof Storage Jar
- Outdoor Products Watertight Box
The good news is that you do NOT have to bury this time capsule if you don’t want to. It is fine to just put it away in the top of your closet until next year.
Grab a shoebox and put the printable time capsule label on it. You can even decorate the shoebox if you want!
WHY MAKE A NEW YEAR TIME CAPSULE BOX
Making a New Year Time Capsule Box is a fun family activity. It can become a tradition to create a box each New Year’s Eve.
The other reason to make do an annual time capsule box is because it gives you a chance to look back on your year. Writing down your accomplishments from this year can help you see what you achieved.
Looking ahead to the coming year and writing down some goals will give you some motivation to reach those goals. Knowing you will be looking at these goals in a year will keep you on track!
These are great principals to start instilling in our children and working on them through a time capsule project makes it fun.
NEW YEAR TIME CAPSULE BOX PRINTABLES
I have a whole set of New Year Time Capsule Box printables to make this project very easy to do.
You can download and print these off for your own personal use at home.
Just fill in the form below to download the New Year Time Capsule Box Printables.
Fill in the form above. After you submit the form, you’ll receive an email from “Wondermom Wannabe” with a direct link to the printable. If you do not see the email in your inbox within a few minutes, check your spam folder.
The most likely place will be in your computer’s Downloads folder. You can also select “Downloads” in your browser menu to see a list of your downloads, then simply select “Show in folder” below the file name to see where it is stored on your computer.
You’ll need a program that supports PDFS, like Adobe Acrobat (which is free). Open the program, click File > Print. Select your printer and set the number of copies you want to print. Double check your print preview, then click print.
If you loved this idea be sure to check out these other fun posts:
- Simple New Year Dice Game for Kids
- New Year Countdown Activity for Kids
- Free Printable Year in Review for Kids
- New Year’s Eve Party Ideas for Teens
- Printable Family Interview Pack
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