Operation Christmas Child 2014 - packing a 2 - 4 year old boy box

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Last year we started to do an Operation Christmas Child box for a boy in the age group that Michael is in.  (For more about us packing our boxes this year, click here.)  I try to have Michael as involved as possible in picking out items for this box.  Unfortunately, I was not able to fit everything that we purchased.  Here's what's in the top picture:

  • magnadoodle
  • 3 Happy Meal toys that Michael already had
  • Planes tote bag
  • 2 Hot Wheels (Jon approved)
  • Mickey Mouse
  • double bagged candy (I'll show below what all candy we're packing)
  • 2 pairs of socks (I always get the size that Michael's wearing)
  • rubber ducky
  • safety scissors
  • 2 glue sticks
  • Ivory soap
  • 2 tubes of chapstick
  • silly puddy
  • Mickey Mouse journal
  • Sesame Street activity book
  • Jake and the Neverland Pirates grab and go pack
  • 2 tooth brushes
  • comb and brush
  • travel size pack of tissues
  • tooth paste
  • crayons
  • plastic Christmas cup
  • sunglasses
  • pencils
  • Christmas ball and paddle
  • coloring sheets
  • harmonica
  • Cars puzzle
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse ball (Michael had taken it out of the bag and I found it while I was filling the box)
  • Disney stickers
I took a good majority of the items out of the packaging to be able to fit all that I could in the box.  Here's one idea of how I saved some room and gave them something to hold some items in:

packing an Operations Christmas Child box for a 2 - 4 year old boy, OCC boy box ideas, Operation Christmas Child,
My mom had given me a whole bunch of her empty Crystal Light containers for Michael to put his crayons and markers in.  I had three unused containers and decided to use them for our boxes.  This is the one for Michael's box.  The whole box of crayons, safety scissors, 2 glue sticks, and I had bought some erasers and pencil grippers after some of these pictures were taken fit in this container.  My mom will be adding a pencil sharpener to the boxes for me.  I also used the cup to help hold items and get more in the box.

packing an Operations Christmas Child box for a 2 - 4 year old boy, OCC boy box ideas, Operation Christmas Child,
I also bought soap holders so that their soap could be stored after they opened them up.

packing an Operations Christmas Child box for a 2 - 4 year old boy, OCC boy box ideas, Operation Christmas Child,
Tooth brush protectors for all the tooth brushes.  I love the one that I use for my tooth brush.

packing an Operations Christmas Child box for a 2 - 4 year old boy, OCC boy box ideas, Operation Christmas Child,
Michael had a lot to do with the candy that will be in all the boxes.  We always put peppermint and spearmint mints in our boxes.  We bought a bag of Charms blow pops with the bubble gum inside and I divided them up amongst the three boxes.  The same for the caramel cover apple suckers which are Michael's favorite suckers right now.  The bag with the ring pops had four so I added the forth one to Michael's huge pile of Halloween candy.  We bought all the candy except for the dum-dums at the Dollar Store.

packing an Operations Christmas Child box for a 2 - 4 year old boy, OCC boy box ideas, Operation Christmas Child,
When I was a bank teller, I would make dum-dum bouquets like this one for the kids when I had some down time.  My original plan was to put one in Michael's box, but it took up too much room.  I ended up putting it in a Cars snack baggy like the pile of candy on the right.  We already had a huge bag of dum-dums so I just picked out every flavor for each of the three boxes.

packing an Operations Christmas Child box for a 2 - 4 year old boy, OCC boy box ideas, Operation Christmas Child,
Don't forget to double bag all your candy.  Yep, these kids are going to probably be on a sugar high for a few days!

What special treats and items do you put in your boxes?  Since this was Michael's box, we try to make it reflect his likes.  I also printed out special coloring pages that I filled out for Michael to put in his box.  This year I asked Michael the questions and he told me the answers.  In a few years, he'll be filling them out himself.  I also plan to print out a family picture to place in the box so the little boy can see what we look like.

I love doing these boxes and try not to go over board, but I can't seem to help myself.  I love giving gifts!  I'm sure there's so much more you can get, the boxes just aren't big enough.

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