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What to Pack for A GIRL 5-9 Shoe Box?

Everyone finds this to be the EASIEST and most fun to do!  Perhaps that is why every sending country around the world receives more boxes for this age group than any other!!!  Yet MOST of the items you buy will be the same for any age category and could be boy or girl. (The least amount of boxes they receive are for Boy 2-4 and Boy 10-14.)  I always suggest praying as you pick your age group while you are shopping, asking God to help you to find just the right items that will be perfect for your child.

girl 5-9

Even in Mongolia, little girls LOVE Barbies

NEW to the brochure this year:

Include items that children will immediately embrace, such as dolls, toy trucks, stuffed animals, kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, jump ropes, balls, toys that light up and make noise, etc.

This will be the exciting and fun item of your box, so for GIRLS to play with:

  • DOLLS —can I say it again?….DOLLS!  They LOVE them.  Any doll, all dolls!  Baby dolls, Barbies, rag dolls, etc.  You can pack extra clothes, a brush for the doll,  doll accessories to play with.
  • Doll bed – you can make a simple cloth one like a sleeping bag.
  • Stuffed animal – more to hug and cuddle
  • Anything GLITTERY – crowns, fairy wands, dress up
  • Fun glittery jewelry
  • Craft kits (You can even make your own – fill a baggie with beads and string)
  • Paper dolls (might need a blunt edge scissors if they are not cut out already)
  • Ribbon Wands
  • Pocket books, coin purses
  • Balls (tennis balls, wiffle balls, bouncy balls, paddleballs, hacky sack, beach ball)
  • Soccer Ball with pump
  • Legos or blocks, Duplos
  • Puzzles of all sorts
  • Hand or finger puppets
  • Slinky
  • Plastic animals, Happy Meal toys
  • Tops
  • Games that don’t require alot of directions (they might not read or know English) – checkers, dominos, ring toss, matching cards
  • Flying items – foam and paper airplanes, kites, frisbees
  • Toys that make noise – clackers, harmonicas, whistles, recorders, tambourine, bells, maracas
  • Yoyo
  • Bean bags – but NOT stuffed with beans! Use plastic pellets (beans will spoil and are considered a food item)
  • Handheld Etch-a-Sketch

School Supplies  – Did you know that many children can’t attend school because they don’t have school supplies?

  • Pencils and sharpener
  • Pens
  • Colored Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Watercolor sets
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Notebooks, pads, index cards and all kinds of paper
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors with a blunt tip
  • Ruler, protractor
  • Stickers
  • Coloring and activity books
  • Self-Inking stamps
  • Chalk, small chalkboard

Clothing Items (Bigger is always better than smaller when choosing a size.  For tips check these sizing charts:  ONE and TWO

  • Dress
  • Skirt
  • Hat
  • Gloves, mittens
  • Scarf, woolen, or even fun fashion scarves
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Shoes
  • Flip Flops
  • T-shirt, any shirt!
  • Tights
  • Pants
  • Jacket
  • Bandana
  • Rain poncho
  • Apron

Grooming and Hygiene Items

  • Mild Soap (in a baggie please!)
  • Washcloth or small towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste (check the expiration date! for this year collection, the box might not be delivered well into 2014…possibly even 8/14)
  • Handkerchief
  • Comb or Brush
  • All kinds of Hair Ribbons, Elastics, Clips, Headbands
  • Nail Clippers

Some other ideas:

  • Bowl, cup, plate, spoon, fork
  • Plastic magnifier
  • Tote bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Illustrated books
  • Watch
  • Binoculars
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Colorful Band-Aids

Hard Candy – check the expiration date and DOUBLE BAG.  No Jolly Ranchers please…they seem hard now, but they melt like crazy!!!

It might seem fun to throw in all your wrapped hard candy at the end without a baggie and let it fill in all the little spaces in your box.  Please DON’T do this.  So many many boxes are ruined this way.  Inside those cargo containers and out in the sun, candy that you would never think would melt, melts all over the school supplies, etc.  When my daughter was in Belize, a little boy showed her his box.  The red lollipop had melted onto the brand new white t-shirt in his box leaving a big red stain :(


  •  War related toys (soldiers, guns, etc). No camo clothes or items.
  • Liquids or lotions. So no bubbles or shampoo or liquid glue. It might leak and ruin the box.
  • Used/worn items. We want to bless these children with new items.  So anything obviously used or worn will be removed from your shoebox.
  • Food or chocolate.  It might melt or spoil.
  • Medications and vitamins.
  • Aerosal cans. Yikes, these could explode!
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13 Responses to Ideas for a Girl 5-9 Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box

  1. […] What to Pack for a 5-9 Year-Old Girl […]

  2. Lauren says:

    What about glue sticks, nail polish, and smarties candy?

    • Mary says:

      Nail polish is NOT allowed as it is a liquid (also many nail polishes are packaged in glass and glass is not allowed either as it is breakable). No liquids, or lotions are allowed. They can not only leak, but they can possibly explode in varying extreme temperatures and also if possibly they travel on unpressurized cargo planes.

      Glue sticks are allowed, as well as smarties candy. Candy should be placed in a baggie (so if it accidentally melts it does not damage any other items in your box, or other boxes).
      🙂 Hope that explains things and helps 🙂

  3. Ann Marie says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I just completed packing and delivering my first OCC shoe boxes. I completed one for a girl and one for a boy, both 10-14 years. I did pretty well! Nothing included that will melt. I have bookmarked this page so I will have it to refer to during the year as I collect the goodies that will go into next year’s boxes. Thanks again for such a helpful post!

  4. fran says:

    This is a marvelous project. No offense intended, if at all feasible I would love to see more dolls of color (Barbie dolls come in many skintones these days)in examples for non white cultures. And found the 10-14 yr old boy box with the tools a great idea, hope the girls get some hammers, wrenches and other fixit/building things too.
    Keep up the good work.

  5. Jackie says:

    Great list thank you. I had the exact same thought Fran. We are a white family and my daughter loves a variety of dolls. Some kids like to identify with dolls.

  6. Jamie says:

    Ok this may be a silly question but fruit snacks/Gummies? And YES! To the darker/ethnic babies, I am usually able to get them on Clarence as well so more for less!

  7. I have enjoyed shopping for my boxes and now I have too much to fit in two. I’ll keep the left overs for next year. I love to sew and enjoyed making the pillowcase dresses. I could make a number of them but I don’t know who I should send them to. Any suggestion?

    • Mary says:

      You have 3 options
      – you can make them and use them for your own boxes next year
      – you can bring them all to your drop off location during Collection Week and designate them as “Filler Items” – that means they will be sent down to the Processing Center where they can go into boxes that are pretty empty. Sometimes boxes are full of “inappropriate items” like shampoo or other liquids and when they take them out, the boxes are almost empty. They then fill them up with donated “filler items” and your dresses could be part of that.
      – you can contact your local drop off location church and see if they are doing “packing parties” and would they like your dresses as part of that.
      I run several packing parties in my area and I know I would LOVE that – In the past I have received totes from senior groups, and dresses from sewing classes and added them to our packing.
      God bless you and I know whoever gets them would LOVE them! (If your local drop off church says no – you could contact your Regional office to see if they knew of any other group – http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/local-events-and-offices/

  8. Susan Miller says:

    Hi I have a question concerning barbie dolls. I have found that they will not fit in my boxes. Is it ok to take them out of the containers they are purchased in and place in my boxes. Or do they have to be in the purchased containers.

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