Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What to Get Them??? Packing Shoeboxes for 2-4 year olds

People never seem to struggle when packing a box for a 5-9 year old, but both the 10-14 and 2-4 get fewer boxes and one thing I always hear is I don't know what to get them.

I wrote 2 posts earlier about 10-14 year olds at and I also did a post about making kits that is good for the older boxes at

I thought it was time to post for the 2-4 year old darlings!

First, be careful in including things with small parts that pose a choking hazard.

Second, pray! God works miracles all the time through the shoeboxes so pack as you are lead. :)

Now for ideas:

Plush or Doll - this is SO valuable to any age but perhaps most for the little ones. Including a huggable toy can be a tangible way to share love. If you want there are many ideas for lovies you can make right here in our craft section, such as this toddler lovey and or this stegosaurus.

Art Supplies:
-coloring pages are a great option for this age group. A coloring book or printed pages from the many free sites online offer many great options.
-crayons (perhaps consider the chunkier ones)
-safety scissors
-crayon holder

Musical Instruments: maracas, shakers, whistles, kazoos, etc

flip flops, shirts, pillowcase dresses, hats, gloves, socks, etc. If you crochet you have to check out these cute hats too.

Imaginary Play:
puppets, finger puppets, a dress up cape, play crown, are all fun options. Or accessories for a doll? Small animal or people figures. How about toy cars and a car mat? Most of these options can be bought inexpensively or made for even less. (Instructions can be found in our craft area)

Active Play:
Balls of all kinds (including handmade), jumpropes, and a new favorite of mine, ribbon twirlers.

Games and Puzzles: Matching Games, simple puzzles, printable simple mazes, etc make fun extras for your box. 

Practical Items are ALWAYS a must!!!
Don't forget the basics- toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and washcloth. Maybe a comb or brush.
How about a tote bag for carrying these items in?

We have just scratched the surface on what you can include but I hope I have inspired you to pack a box for a precious little one! Don't forget to send a photo and letter... they are often treasured years after everything has worn out.

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