This weekend marked a milestone birthday for my father. My job for his surprise party? To put a timeline of his life together. I was going to just use a long (very long... sorry dad!) roll of paper. But when I started searching around for inspiration, I found this:
Made by Annekata, this is one special timeline project that would be perfect for involving the children. Each heart is hand cut, painted, and sewn to the next and represents one year in the life of the recipient. The result is a lovingly-created timeline that visually communicates the years in the life of the timeline's subject. Annekata states that she wanted everything in the timeline to be done by hand so that it took a long time to make it. This way, her children could understand the passing of time in their great grandmother's life:
"I had made the process tedious, including cutting every heart by hand, coloring and hand stitching them. It had to be hearts, of course. The reason I had made the process so slow, was to use the time to explore with my daughter grandpa's life and the times we all spent together. We sat for quite some time talking about grandpa, while cutting and painting. We also did some math ("how many more do we need, mom?") and had a marvelous time. Now, she not only knows, but understands how old he is."
See more of this project and read its wonderful description in its entirety at Annekata.