Now that we know what not to put in our shoeboxes and why, let’s look at some goodies we can put in our boxes.
Everybody Loves a Kit!
Many of the older children who receive shoeboxes are doing grown-up tasks, such as cooking for and providing food for the family.
With that in mind, here are a couple kit ideas for the older children’s boxes:
Kitchen Kits: For the Girls, 10-14 Years Old
- Oven mitt
- Wooden spoons
- Serving bowl
- Spoons & forks
- Measuring cups and spoons (metric)
Be sure to put a few things frilly or pretty or playful in the box, too.
Fishing Kits: For the Boys, 10-14 Years Old
Start with a fish-shaped dish (wash) cloth, and add the hook, line and sinker. 🙂
Mary is an expert at putting together Shoebox Shopping Lists for each age category, both for boy boxes and girl boxes.
Here’s a post from Mary’s website, Clip With Purpose, about putting together fishing kits for the boys. (Update: Clip With Purpose site may be down for repairs.)
Again, be sure there is something to play with in the box, too. “All work and no play” is no fun, you know.
Stay Tuned for a Skit
Speaking of can’s and don’ts, be sure to come back next week for a skit you can perform for your church, group or shoeboxin’ organization.
REALITY CHECK: Some days are more artsy days than wordy days. Today was such a day, so I worked on the artwork for One Word December. Can you believe we’re already thinking December? No wonder we’re already talkin’ Operation Christmas Child!
For More Information
- Samaritan’s Purse: Operation Christmas Child
- Crochet for Operation Christmas Child
- Operation Art: Crafting for Shoeboxes