I don't know about anyone else, but this is the month I've been waiting for--TOYS!!! A great place to start looking is at after-Easter sales. All the toys that stores put out as basket stuffers are great items to put in a shoebox and can help stretch your dollar. I was able to pick up squish balls, jump ropes, princess jewelry and wands, coloring books, and a variety of stuffed animals--all for around 50¢ each! I was able to fill a sack with toys without breaking the bank. That equates to a lot of happy children opening shoeboxes!
Please keep in mind while you are shopping that war-related items are not allowed. This includes plastic soldiers, water guns, pirate swords, bow & arrows, etc. Many of these children are from war-torn areas. Opening up a box and finding a toy weapon is the last thing they want. Also, keep in mind that these toys will have to fit inside a shoebox, along with everything else you are collecting.
Here are some ideas of shoebox sized toys:
- Stuffed Animals
- Boxed Puzzles
- Jump Rope
- Spinning Top
- Toy Animal Figures
- Mini Etch-a-Sketch
- Silly Putty
- Card Games
- Finger Puppets
- Princess Wand
- Wooden Jacob's Ladder
- Accordion-Style Folding Fan
- Non-Breakable Tea Set
- Travel-Size Games (like Checkers)
- Kids' Meal Toys (still in the package)
Did you miss a month?12 Months of Christmas: May - School & Craft Supplies 12 Months of Christmas: June - Fun Tableware 12 Months of Christmas: July - Sturdy Shoes 12 Months of Christmas: August - "Wow" Gifts 12 Months of Christmas: September - Sturdy Shoeboxes 12 Months of Christmas: October - Letters 12 Months of Christmas: November - Packing Party!
12 Months of Christmas: December - Prayers