A lovely idea is to create a time capsule to bury in your garden. We are doing this with school and so far have lots of things collected.
Collect newspaper cuttings, pieces of work the kids have done during home school including a little note about how they are feeling and what they have been doing, plus things you have collected on your daily exercise. We have been pressing flowers and with the use of Picture This have identified them. We are going to laminate these to preserve them. Also some till receipts from our shopping. Obviously photos plus we have been unlucky enough to lose someone during this time so their Order of Service from their small service will go in as well.
We are thinking of putting ours in an empty paint tin as it has a metal lid. Enough space to put things in but not a massive hole required!
Fast forward 10 years and you can dig up the capsule and remember the fun you had creating it.
I think it is really important that we can all look back on this time as a fun family time and not just the kids remembering me shouting at them to finish their school work!
Write a Diary
Eliza started writing a diary on the day we finished school – we have kept it up everyday. It has been amazing for her hand writing and gives us a bit of school work without Mummy Teacher having to think too hard! I hope it will be something she will look back on in years to come.
Mumbler Memory Maker
You can download The Mumbler Memory Maker and keep it forever! There are 12 pages packed full of fun things to do and memories to make, including a word search, thoughts and feelings page and some brilliant interview questions!
I have so many pieces of paper from rainbows to work from home to fun activities we have done that I thought it would be great to put some of these special items into a scrap book. I am going to include the important dates, the letter from Boris (available here), the Queen’s speech (available here), Captain Tom’s amazing fund-raising effort in this too.
Really easy and simple to make. Just draw then cut around your family handprints – bright colours work best! Glue them one on top of each other, add your names and then frame!
Image credit – Cristina Antochi
Salt Dough Handprints
Here’s a simple recipe to make salt dough
500g of flour, 250g salt and 250ml of water. Knead it together into a dough and then roll it out and put it on a piece of baking paper on a baking tray. Press your handprints into it, then put it in the oven on the lowest temperature for 3 hours. Once it’s completely dry you can paint it with paint and colour the hands in with different colours of sharpie pens!
Image credit – Nicola Jones
Lockdown Stick Rainbow
I think we have all been on lots of walks during lockdown and I have loved discovering new paths in our neighbourhood … some I never knew existed!!
Mini Mumbler loves picking up sticks on walks and I think this idea will be a lovely reminder of our lockdown walks!
Image credit – Leanne Jones
I have started a photo book for the kids with all the pictures we have taken during lockdown. I have added captions and the distances of our walk (thank you phone tracker app!!) so they know what they are looking at in years to come.
There are lots of places you can create photobooks online.
Doorstep Family Photo Session
Quite a few family photographers are now offering socially distanced doorstep family photo sessions. These sessions are a great opportunity to look back and remember some of the happy times that you spent with your family during these unprecedented times.
If you are a photographer who is doing this, please do get in touch HERE and I will include a link.