Travis is learning about “Long Ago” in social studies this year, which has introduced him to the idea of a timeline. One great way to make a timeline more tangible for young kids is to have them make their own… featuring events from their own life!
The activity started out with a trip down memory lane, to think of big moments in his life so far. This was a great excuse to sit and go through old photos together! Travis loved seeing himself as a baby.
Once we had the photos printed, I challenged Travis to put them in chronological order. We arranged everything on a sheet of poster board, first, before making a big line down the center. Trim the photos to fit, as needed.
As he glued down each photo, Travis also labeled it, including such lifetime highlights as:
First day of school
Becoming a big brother
Little sister wanted to scribble out her own “timeline” too!
The actual events don’t matter so much as the fact that your child will learn to see time chronologically along a line with this project. Not to mention he or she is sure to be proud of all the accomplishments so far!