We have a new timeline in the house all ready for school to start in a couple short weeks! I’ve always wanted to have our timeline on the wall to be more visible but just don’t have any suitable wall space for it. Last year I made one out of Bristol board that we would unfold each week to add our ancient history timeline figures. I planned to use it this year too…until I realized that the span from A.D. 400-A.D. 1600 (which is the time period we’ll be studying this year) was not nearly long enough to hold all our medieval timeline figures. So back to the drawing board I went, wishing I could find a nice wall to use. I really liked the idea of hanging the figures with a clothespin along some sort of twine or string so that you could make room as needed and reuse them in future years.
Finally I realized that these pillars between our dining room and livingroom were patiently waiting to be noticed as the perfect frame for our timeline…and BINGO! I love it! I love that it will be visible but at the same time, up and out of the way of Little Mister’s grabby hands.
I used some dishcloth yarn from my stash as the string. PJ tied it nice and taught for me so it won’t sag too much (I hope!). Then I tried my hand at a Medieval Celtic font with white chalk on a scrap of black Bristol board.
I already had the timeline figures printed for this year on copier paper, assuming that we would be gluing them on to our timeline like last year. Thinking that copier paper might be a little flimsy to hang up in this fashion, I was so tickled to find these business card sized peel and stick self-laminating pouches at the dollar store (50 in a package/$3). They work perfectly! And I can reuse these timeline cards now with our two younger children later.
For now our kids are having fun pretending to go back to the Middle Ages as they cross the threshold into the livingroom. So until school starts our timeline will entertain them as a time machine I guess!
(Timeline figures are from “Tending Our Lord’s Garden” blog. There are awesome notebooking pages for Story of the World there too!)