How's about a quick, easy to store, time capsule that you can check out again the following year?
You will need:
*cardstock or cardboard or colorful paper
*yarn or ribbon
*large envelope (you can make your own)
*camera, polaroid or digital (optional)
This one is super quick and easy. It can be expanded in many ways so have fun with it. The idea is to capture a small bit of your child on the last day of the year. This time capsule stores flat so you can add it to your filing cabinet. A few days before the new year, add your child's name and address to the front of the envelope and pop it into the mail. Make sure to add a "Do Not Open until New Year's Eve" note to it and take a walk down memory lane.
Have your kidlet trace his or her dominant hand onto the fun paper. You can help or have their sibling help as well. On the back of their hand have them write their name, favorite color, favorite book and favorite memory. You can of course ask whichever questions are relative to you but make sure to ask the same questions each year. If they run out of room on their hand, trace another and attach the two together however you may choose.
Next up, unravel that yarn or ribbon and tape a smidge to the ground. Have your wee one stand on top of the taped edge and roll up to the top of their heads and cut. This will be a physical measure of how tall they are. Wrap it around a popsicle stick, craft stick or clothespin. Write their name and the date and the measurement onto the stick. You can also use a small piece of cardboard.
Take a picture of your tot and add it to your time capsule assortment.
Bundle it all up into the envelope and seal. If you like, ask your tot to write their name on the front. Store it for a year and then pop it into the post a few days before the New Year.
Happy New Year! May 2009 be most scrumdillyumptious!