New Year’s Eve is a time to look toward the future, but also a time to reflect. Kids feel the nostalgia, too. Wouldn’t it be neat to have a snapshot of how your family looked and felt on the last day of 2018?

Family New Years Eve Time Capsule

A family-centered time capsule is the perfect way to review the year and talk with your children about what the future might hold. It might even be a fun project to do on the big night itself – an extra activity working up to the countdown!

What is a time capsule?

A time capsule is historic collection of goods or information, usually intended as a method of communication with future people. For this exercise, “bury” your time capsule to be opened on January 1, 2020. You and your kids with be the “future” person to unearth its information!

You will need:
A container for your entries (perhaps chose one with a dramatic seal top – sure to keep in all your treasures!)
Pictures of your family and kids can certainly go in the time capsule, but what you might find more special is to have the kids memorialize their year in their own words (and in their own handwriting!).

Time Capsule Family New Year's Eve


Print out several sheets for them to fill out. For your real little ones, have sheets where they can trace their hands or feet, or even draw a picture of themselves. Some ideas for information sheets are:

  • What I looked like in 2018
  • What school was like for me in 2018
  • Facts about me (favorites) in 2018
  • Tracing of their foot or hand
  • What I want to achieve in 2019

Time Capsule Family New Years Eve DIY

Decorate your time capsule any way you choose. Too add to its confidentiality, cover the entire box up so it will remain a secret to anyone who might stumble upon it. Maybe discuss the best place to store it for the coming year?

Time Capsule NYE Family

Cover the box with a reminder of when your time capsule should be opened!

Now it was time to get to work, answering the questions. You will find this will prompt great conversations and reflections about the last year. Older children love to discuss all their “favorites” while the younger set enjoy tracing their body parts.

Time Capsule DIY Family New Years Eve

All of your answers go inside!

Time Capsule

Time Capsule DIY New Years

It’s time to seal it up. January 1, 2020, will be the next time to look at the time capsule!

NYE Time Capsule

Time Capsule New Years

Happy and Healthy New Year!


DIY New Years