Create Your Own Time Capsule

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In this archaeology-related activity, learners build their own time capsule and choose a storage location and a date to reopen it. While constructing, learners are asked to consider how people in the future might interpret the objects inside. This resource contains photos and descriptions of time capsules created by two kids in New York; learners can view these as examples for inspiration.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • a box with a lid
  • items for your time capsule (5 to 10 things)
  • materials to decorate your box (wrapping paper, markers, pencils, scissors, tape, old magazines)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Archeology
  • Life Sciences
    • Evolution
      • History of Life


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Ology


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