This is Bug’s box. I let him have control over a box this year from picking what goes inside to actually putting it all in there. He even included a letter that he wrote! I love it, it was very sweet. And he gave the bear a hug before he put it in.
He packed a box for the 5-9 year old boy category because well, he falls into that category too. So it’s easy to pick things that another little boy would like. I’ve also discovered that having a 5-9 year old boy makes it the easiest category to pack for. Five of our 11 boxes were for a 5-9 year old boy.
This box has a little more than I normally pack. But this was his box. So I let him keep picking things.
We squeezed in a firetruck coloring book, small tablet of blank paper, crayons, pencils and a pencil sharpener.
The necessities like socks, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap and washcloths.
Bug picked stickers, a puzzle, a boat, foam planes that can be assembled, cars, a toy rhino, a globe bouncy ball, and a bear shaped battery operated light (it takes 3 batteries so I included 6).
Candy and a bowl and a couple spoons, the (well-hugged) stuff bear and his letter rounded out this box.
I really love this box!
Here are some more pictures from another of our 5-9 boxes and a few things that might give you some inspiration for your 5-9 year old boy boxes:
Bug had a little influence on this box too. The boats, zebra and flute were his idea. Oh, and we found some battery powered tap lights at Dollar Tree with animal cases. In the box above you can see the one that looks like a fox. Bug’s box has a bear one. He thought it was a good idea so I got an extra for another box. They take 3 batteries so we included 6 batteries so there would be enough for another time when the first ones die. I put the light (still in it’s packaging) and the batteries in a ziploc bag.
I had found flip flops on clearance a couple months ago. For $.90, I couldn’t pass them up for the OCC box.
And this box contains school supplies, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloths and soap – something that I make sure every box has!
What is Operation Christmas Child? In a nutshell, it’s a charity that delivers boxes of gifts to children in the poorest parts of the world every year. This year, OCC will deliver it’s ONE MILLIONTH shoebox! You can find out more about how to participate at SamaritansPurse.org.
Follow along as I spend all year couponing to Operation Christmas Child!
Find out how you can do it too!
Do you need ideas for what to include in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox? Check out the boxes I’ve packed for each category:
2-4 Boy / 2-4 Girl / 5-9 Boy / 5-9 Girl / 10-14 Boy / 10-14 Girl
Check out this post on 5 things every Operation Christmas Child Shoebox NEEDS to have.
Don’t forget to use the follow your box option so you can find out where your boxes went! The first year I tracked my boxes they went to Uganda! Since then I’ve had boxes go to Madagascar, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Botswana and Chad!