After February 29, 2016, the next leap day will not happen again until 2020! Imagine how much your child will have changed and grown by then. A fun way to track her changes over the next four years is to help her create a leap year time capsule.
A time capsule is a collection of items that are stored away as a method of communication to the people of the future. In this case, the people of the future will be you and your child in four years! For your child to be able to create the perfect time capsule, she will need to gather a few things—a small sturdy box, a piece of paper and pen, and few of her favorite items that can fit inside the box.
On the piece of paper, have your child write her name, the date, and answers to the following questions:
1. What is the last book you read?
2. Who is your favorite character from a book and why?
3. What are you most thankful for?
4. Where do you see yourself in four years, or what are your goals?
5. What is one piece of advice you want to give to your future self?
6. (Optional) Be a part of her project by writing something thoughtful and unique. If you are also creating your own time capsule, have your child return the favor by writing something special on your paper as well.
When you are done, have your child fold up her paper into a tiny square, seal it with a kiss, and toss it inside the box. Feel free to add anything else that is significant to you. For example, in my box, I am adding the front page of a local newspaper, my most recent movie ticket stub, a photo of me and my family, a piece of jewelry, and my favorite flower.
After your child is finished filling her box, have her seal it, and make a note on the surface saying, “Do NOT open until 2/29/2020.” Then find a really good place to hide the box and make sure it’s in a place you both won’t visit often so you don’t get tempted to open it too soon. In four years, you and your child can reopen the box together and read what you both wrote. It will be interesting to see how much you both have changed since then!