Make Your Own Family Artifacts for Future Generations
Do you remember when you were a child and you found time capsules to be so interesting? I know I did. I can remember looking
at a time capsule filled with artifacts from several decades prior to that time and I just sat and stared in awe of what was
The artifacts in the time capsule were things like magazines, newspapers, photographs and records disabled dating back to the time
when the time capsule was buried underground for unearthing years later.
Now, if you have kids, think about how much fun it would be for them if you created a time capsule with things that will be
considered artifacts when the capsule is opened in fifty years. You can make it into a fun game where your kids can
brainstorm ideas of what they would want to include in the time capsule that would be good artifacts and examples of this
day in age and a representation of your family.
They will probably come up with a ton of crazy ideas. However, let them figure out what they would like to include and then
whittle the list down from there. Some ideas for artifacts include a current model cell phone, an mp3 player, some photographs,
newspapers and magazines from the current month and possibly some candy that people can look at and compare to the candy in
The fun will come when your kids will help formulate what you will put in the time capsule and then you can watch the
excitement in their faces when you prepare to bury the time capsule and then cover it for release in 50 years. Be sure to
record it somewhere so your children or their children will be able to open it at that time to take a look and compare what
has evolved between now and then.
This can turn in to a fun and educational game for your children that they will no doubt remember for the rest of their
lives. They could even do a demonstration of it in their classrooms and maybe inspire other children to pursue time capsules
full of family artifacts of their very own.
It will also be fun doing it together. There are so few activities anymore where kids and their parents can really get into
it and do it together all while having fun at the same time. Your kids grow up so fast that it is important to take the time
to help them grow and learn while spending as much quality time with them as you can.
Before you and your children know it, they will be grown up and have children of their own. Seize opportunities to create
lasting bonds that will last more than a lifetime. When they open the time capsules, they will no doubt remember the good
times you had together and your work as a parent will be done. Then hopefully they will carry on the tradition with their
own kids and grandkids.
Image taken from page 21 of ‘[Cook’s Handbook for London. With two maps.]’
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Title: "[Cook’s Handbook for London. With two maps.]", "Guide Books. London"
Author: COOK, Thomas – AND SON
Shelfmark: "British Library HMNTS 10347.h.23."
Place of Publishing: London
Date of Publishing: 1894
Publisher: Thos. Cook & Son
Edition: [Another edition.] Issuance: monographic
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