With school starting this activity is a fun way to see how much you’ve grown by the end of the year. 

Step 1: Create your time capsule

You can make a time capsule out of many different items, such as a mason jar, a container, or a bottle. Make sure your time capsule is large enough to add all of your activities inside. You can get creative with the label you attach to your time capsule.

Step Two: create things to put inside your time capsule. Some examples are below:

1. Fill out a back to school worksheet. You can print out the worksheet here or copy down the questions with your answers on a piece of paper. Don’t forget to add the date and at the end of the school year or whenever you decide to open your time capsule you can see which answers are the same and which changed!

Back to School Time Capsule

My name is: ______________________________________

Today’s date: ____________________________________

My grade this year is: _____________________________

The school I go to is: _____________________________

When I grow up, I want to be: _____________________

My favorite color is: _______________________________

My favorite food is: _______________________________

My favorite thing to eat for lunch is: _______________

My favorite movie is: ______________________________

My favorite book is: _______________________________

My favorite animal is: _____________________________

My favorite toy is: ________________________________

My favorite game is: ______________________________

My favorite school subject is: _______________________

My favorite thing about school is: __________________

I am excited for this school year because: ___________

Three goals I have for this year are: _______________

2. Measure yourself with a piece of ribbon, yarn or string. Measure from the top of your head down to the bottom of your feet. You can see how much you’ve grown. You can add it inside your time capsule or tie it around.


  • String, ribbon or yarn
  • Scissors

Measure yourself from the bottom of your feet to the top of your head with a piece of ribbon string or yarn

3. Throughout the school year add small notes or drawings of fun or interesting things that happened throughout the year. 

4. Write a letter to your future self. You can use the template from the Virtually BGCMC website or write anything that you want.

5. Trace your handprint and optionally cut it out. You can also optionally write the date and your name. You can see how much you grow!


  • Paper
  • Marker or pencil
  • Optional scissors

Place your hand palm down on a piece of paper

Trace your hand with a marker or pencil. If you’re using a marker make sure it is washable

Optionally cut out your traced hand. Optionally write the date and your name on the hand

6. Draw a picture for your time capsule. This could be a self-portrait, a school memory, a drawing of your school or classroom, what you had for lunch, or anything else you feel inspired to draw. Be creative and have fun! You can draw your picture using this worksheet or on a separate piece of paper. 

Let us know in the comments what you added to your back to school time capsule!