Here are some suggestions for packing shoeboxes for the 2-4 year olds for Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes.
Boy or Girl, the items are almost the same! Something to hug and something to play with – would be the biggest priority for these little ones 🙂
Let’s list some items that would be perfect for any 2-4 year old!
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Stuffed Animal or Doll: In this age category, generally choose a slightly larger one than for the other 2 age groups.
- Hat, Visor
- Gloves, mittens
- Flip Flops
- T-shirt, any shirt
Hygiene Items (many of these items will be shared with their family):
- Bar Soap (in a baggie) or Soap Container
- Washcloth or small towel
- Toothbrush (you can check my post about buying toothbrushes in bulk)
- Toothpaste (last year to include is 2016 – cannot include in 2017 shoebox. Also check the expiration date! Needs to be 6 months past Collection Week)
- Comb or Brush
- Hair Ribbons for the girls
School Supplies: Even though this age doesn’t attend school, it’s still great to include these both for practice AND for their families to use:
- Pencils and sharpener (Sometimes they have the chunky larger size, but any will do)
- coloring pages or coloring book
- all kinds of different paper–pads, construction paper
- easy to use safety scissor (when I worked at a nursery school, I found that the children may not be able to use them well, but they love trying and learning. We would start practice with the 2 and 1/2 year olds!)
- watercolor set and brush
- big chunky markers
- Balls (tennis balls, wiffle balls, bouncy balls, paddleballs, hacky sack, football, nerf balls, beach ball, juggling balls)
- Cars or trucks (every boy seems to LOVE “matchbox” type cars)
- toys that light up, talk, squeak or make a noise
- totebag, purse
- Large Blocks (Duplo type)
- puppets, finger puppets
- board or cloth books
- toy jewelry, even boys like those rubber bracelets
- for boys, maybe plastic tools
- very simple puzzles
- Silly Masks
- Sippy Cups
- Rubber Duckies
Hard Candy – check the expiration date and place in a baggie (HOWEVER 2016 is the last year to include, as of 2017 candy and toothpaste will not be allowed to be packed in the US). Lollipops or candy necklaces are great ideas. Avoid any candies that might pose a choking hazard. And make sure to double bag!! So many candies have ruined the inside contents of boxes!
Finally a letter or definitely a picture. Every child loves to see the picture of the people who packed their box.
“One girl in Lithuania found a photo in her box and asked who the people were. When she learned that they sent the gift, she took the photo and kissed all of the people in it!”
Not every box has to be the same! Not every box has to include every item!! ** These are just suggestions. ** Pray and Pack!
DO NOT INCLUDE
- War related toys (soldiers, guns, etc). No camo clothes or items.
- NO knives or saws.
- No Harry Potter or Pokemon
- Liquids or lotions. So no bubbles or shampoo or liquid glue. It might leak and ruin the box.
- Dirty/used/worn items. Anything obviously used or worn will be removed from your shoebox.
- Food or chocolate. It might melt or spoil.
- Medications and vitamins.
- Aerosal cans.
- No seeds
Action figures, Star Wars, Teen Aged Ninja Turtles and knights are allowed – weapons must be removed.
HERE are directions for simple “lovey” blankets I made for this age group.
HERE is my Pinterest Board listing some fun ideas and craft tutorials for the 2-4 Age Group.
I had posted HERE that the fewest boxes they receive are for the 2-4 and 10-14 Boys.
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