A time capsule is a package that you bury in the ground for a long period of time, with a plan to open it again at a specific point in the future. To make the time capsule you will first need to find a container, perhaps a metal box (or something similarly non-biodegradable). Then, together with your charges, it’s time to put a selection of surprises for their future selves inside - a selection of toys, photos, reading materials, trinkets, models or game cards. Help your charges to choose things which you think will be interesting for them when they open it up again. Please note - it is a good idea to wrap individual items in plastic before putting them in the time capsule to avoid water damage.
When you’ve loaded up your time capsule, made sure it’s watertight and well closed, it’s pick your spot and bury your time capsule! It’s important to remember how the landscape can change over a long time period, so best to pick somewhere on family-owned private property, in soft soil. The ideal place would be a vegetable patch or some part of the garden which is likely to remain untouched but also will not ruin the garden when your charge comes to dig it up as a responsible adult (or at least a responsible teenager)!
Finally, you will need to decide with your charges when the box can be opened. Pick a time frame 10 years or above for maximum effect. Your charge will need to write him or herself a note (or seal a letter to their future self), including a hand-drawn map showing where the box is so that it can be found later on without too much trouble! Make sure to keep the letter somewhere safe!
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This is a great activity for a quiet afternoon, so get your spades and get stuck in!
For a video guide on how to make a time capsule click here:
And to see a 20-year time capsule being opened (amazing video!) have a look here:
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