Create a coronavirus time capsule as a way to document this moment in time with your family.
The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 is a moment in time that we will tell our grandchildren and great-grandchildren about.
As a lover of photography and documenting stories, I wanted to create something for families that would help us to remember and capture life right now. I created a little Coronavirus Time Capsule booklet for children to document who they are and their experiences right now. You can download it free by entering your email address in the form below.
I love these types of packets because they capture kids so well — how they write, how they draw, how they think, etc. My hope is that filling out this free packet will be an opportunity for your children to process this time and engage it in a way that will be meaningful in the years to come.
Included in this Coronavirus Time Capsule
- About our Family in 2020
- Our Family at Home coloring page
- Safe At Home: How I Spend My Days
- My Safe At Home Favorites
- Special Days and Memories
- Safe At Home Photos
- Outdoor Adventures
- The Silver Lining: Gratitude Reflections
- Challenges During Coronavirus
- My Feelings
- Dear Me: A Letter to Myself
- After the Coronavirus Outbreak
I especially love that this not only documents a child’s favorites, but it also has pages dedicated for reflection. The pages about gratitude, challenges, and feelings are my favorites. Capturing the wide-range of emotions that we all are feeling is a healthy and worthwhile exercise for us and our children.
A few ideas for filling out the Coronavirus Time Capsule
- Print out the whole packet and fill out just one or two sheets a day. That way it will feel fun and not burdensome.
- Little ones can participate, too! They can color and you can interview them to get their favorites, memories, etc.
- Fill out some sheets, too: This isn’t just for kids. Document your own favorites, feelings and memories. You will be so grateful you took the time to write about this experience.
- Print photos to include: From a family photo wearing masks, to social distancing signs at the grocery store to your child doing schooling at home – these photos will be powerful memories in the years to come.
- Create a physical time capsule to go with this handout. (see below)
Download Your Free Packet
To get your free Coronavirus Time Capsule, please fill out the form below. It will be emailed to you.
Please share this blog post with other families on your personal social media accounts, in Facebook groups, parent email lists, schools etc. I want this to help as many people as possible. Please don’t post the actual PDF though. 🙂
Create a time capsule with your family about this outbreak
In addition to filling out the free coronavirus time capsule packet, create a physical time capsule. We took a plain box and painted a “stained glass” design using washi tape, as a nod to the popular activity families are doing right now. With most of us relying on shipping services, any shipping box will do. After painting our box, everyone signed their names to the cover.
Taking time to paint and decorate the box was also a fun craft project! Anything to keep the kids busy, am I right?
We plan to add to the box in the weeks and months to come, but some ideas of what to include:
- Completed time capsule worksheets
- Disinfecting wipes canister (empty of course) – you could also use the container as your capsule
- Toilet paper roll
- News magazine
- Letters exchanged
- List of the shows/movies watched
- Recipe card with recipe made
- Tally sheet from a game night
- Photos from this period
- Crafts and drawings
- Homework lessons
- Grocery store or delivery receipts
- Recipe card with a favorite recipe made
I hope you are inspired to make a coronavirus time capsule!
YEOW! ABLE has an incredible warehouse sale every year and this year they are offering it online. (Affiliate links used in this post). I’m so thrilled because the prices are insanity. You will never, ever be able to get ABLE products for this cheap. Inventory is extremely limited, so you are going to want to shop FAST!
Seriously, I bought three bags for less than the price of one (two crossbody + a leather belt bag). These are GENUINE LEATHER bags, y’all and those prices are basically the same as Target for the fake stuff.
Here are a few other deals I spotted
I love ABLE and it’s mission. Check it out: ABLE is an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty. We’re deeply devoted to quality – both in the products we make and the quality of life we aim to provide. We invest in, train, and educate women so they can earn a living, break the cycle of poverty, and thrive.
Time magazine featured a story on how teddy bear hunts are uniting neighborhoods as people stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. The kids and I have been taking daily walks and noticed that while a few houses had plush animals in their windows, most did not.
I realized that many probably didn’t know about the sweet scavenger hunt, so we decided to take matters into our own hands and spread the word.
I created a simple flyer explaining the concept and inviting neighbors to put bears in their windows. We then taped the flyers for the bear hunt to people’s mailboxes (putting the tape on the paper first meant we didn’t have to touch a single mailbox.)
Two days later, we went for another walk.
On the walk we spotted sixty bears and other plush in windows, near trees and perched in front yards. Every time we would see one, we’d yell, “There’s a bear! There’s a bear!” It became a game of who could find the bears first.
We also marveled at people’s creativity. One person had a bear set out in a chair with a bucket of suckers. Another house had four care bears displayed, one in each window. Another created a picnic with elephant and piggy.
At one point, I teared up a bit. Each of these people had read a flyer inviting them to join in some fun for neighborhood kids, and they took the time to say yes. The collective community action was beautiful to witness. I know these bear hunts will be a memory we will always have from this period of being safer at home.
To start your own neighborhood bear hunt
Download these flyers and print them (I set my printer to print 4 to a page, which made them the perfect size to attach to mailboxes)
Distribute the flyers
Consider also posting on Nextdoor or Facebook
Go on a bear hunt!
I hope this little printable helps you spread cheer in your own community. We have loved discovering bears on our nightly walks.
Amazon is offering another buy 2, get 1 free sale on kids books. These are PERFECT for adding toEaster baskets this week, or sending to kiddos that you miss. No coupon is required for this promotion. Simply add three books in the sale to your cart and the lowest price will be removed. Some book quantities are limited, so my recommendation would be to order ASAP. (Amazon affiliate links are used in this post.)
Below I have listed a bunch of children’s books in the $3-$6 range, making these books as low as $2.66 each when you add three two your cart. But, this is NOT an exhaustive list. There are many chapters books and some DVDs as well. Shop the full sale here.
When I Pray for You: $5.03: This is one of Amazon’s bestselling children’s book right now. Thousands of families are adding it to their kids’ Easter baskets. Order a copy today and consider ordering extra to keep on hand for birthdays, baby showers, etc.
When God Made You: $6.90
How to Catch a Mermaid: $5.99
How to Draw 101 Animals: $3.79
How to Catch a Unicorn: $5.49
The Wonky Donkey: $4.85
Giraffes Can’t Dance: $4.85
The Pout-Pout Fish: $4.50
I Need a New Butt: $5.50
Dear Zoo: $4.50
Paint by Sticker Kids: $7.99
GAH! If you love beauty boxes, this is an incredible deal. Allure Beauty Boxes have $90-$110 in products in them for $15 a month. (Affiliate links used in this post.)
When you sign up for this beauty box, you will get your choice of shade in Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, as well as 7 more products from Thrive Causemetics, Dr. Jart+ and more in your April box ($128 total value).
That’s a savings of almost 90% off!
The April box is excellent and I love Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. Seriously, that gift makes it worth signing up alone.
Many of the items are full size, which is crazy given the price. I’ve been a subscriber for about nine months, and I genuinely love my box every month.
Supplies are limited — sign up today to get the below products + mini magazine. Once this is sold out, product variations may be included.
April Allure Beauty Box
- Akar Skin Balance Toner
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New Member Gift: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
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