91 Days left until Operation Christmas Child Collection Week!
Yesterday I said that the fewest boxes they receive are for the 2-4 and 10-14 Boys. Perhaps it is the challenge of wondering what to buy?
Lets list some items that would be perfect for any 2-4 year old! Boy or Girl!
- Stuffed Animal! I think in this age category, you can pick a slightly larger one.
- Doll (For a boy or a girl. My 3-year old great nephew is really enjoying a boy doll and bed I made for him.)
Children especially at this age need a “lovey”, something to hug and hold. It could be even those blankies that have a soft doll head. Just something soft for cuddling. I think this item more than any other it going to be the biggest source of joy for this age range!
- Clothing: Hat, scarf, mittens, t-shirt, dress, pants, skirts, jackets, sweatsuits, underwear, socks, pajamas, sneakers, sandals, flip flops
- Toothbrush (pick a smaller sized one), toothpaste
- Washcloth or small towel
- Soap (in a baggie!)
- comb, hairbrush, hair ribbons, clips or elastics
- Utensils: bowl, sippy cup, plate, spoon, forks
Even though this age doesn’t attend school, it’s still fun to include:
- pencils, sharpener (Sometimes they have the chunky larger size, but any will do)
- crayons, 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 they may not be able to use them, but they love trying and learning. Just make sure to get the rounded tips.)
- watercolors and brush
- big markers
- cars, trucks, boats etc., for the boys
- toys that light up, talk, squeak or make a noise
- totebag, purse
- puppets, finger puppets
- board or cloth books
- toy jewelry, even boys like those rubber bracelets
- for boys, maybe plastic tools
- Hard candy — 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!
A dear friend and her church group (I hope to feature their craft group soon) make crib sized quilts with fun fabrics. They try to get stuffed animals and books that are the same theme as their fabric (such as all about frogs, or cars, or Hello Kitty!). Yes they really can fit the quilt in the shoe box, they just wrap them up tightly. Then they include soap and washcloth and a few other small items.
Not every box has to be the same, and not every box has to include every item listed! These are just suggestions.
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!” (From the Operation Christmas Child facebook page.)
DO NOT INCLUDE: Used or damaged items; war-related items such as toy guns, knives or military figures; chocolate or food; out- of-date candy; liquids or lotions; medications or vitamins; breakable items such as snow globes or glass containers; aerosol cans.
There are a number of other blogs that have lists of items that would be good for 2-4 year old boxes as well. Here here are just two:
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