Art School | The Story of My Life

by , posted on September 14th, 2015 in Art School, Creativity, Family Ties, Ideas and Inspiration, Kids DIY, Parenting

Love this project that lets kids tell the story of their lives

Time is such a funny thing for kids to wrap their heads around. As kids get older they learn about sequencing and chronology. The elementary school years offer wonderful opportunities for this idea to be reinforced. What happens first, next, and last? Today, we have a fun timeline project that helps kids look back at their life and put events in order.

You’ll Need:
a large sheet of white paper
photos or drawings

help kids grasp the concept of time with this timeline project


The paper can be either horizontal or vertical and can start up or down, left or right. It’s good to use a scratch paper first to map out the years and the events.

It might be easiest to start with present day and think of an event that stands out in your child’s mind. Was it a family vacation, or achieving a goal, such riding a two-wheel bike, learning to snowboard, losing a tooth? Start with 2015 and work your way backward. The idea is to have at least one event for each year, but they can include more if they’d like.

Once they have all their events, it’s time to draw a corresponding picture or locate a photo that goes with the event. This a fun trip down memory lane and prepare to spend time with them reminiscing over such exciting parts of their lives that they might not remember too well.

Tape the photos in the correct location on the timeline. Before no time they’ll have a beautiful timeline of events important to them, and will also have a visual reminder to go with it.

help kids tell the story of their lives with this timeline project

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