December 20, 2016

OCC shoebox for 2-4 year old girl - 2016

Here's a shoebox my mom packed for a 2-4 girl this year.  I thought I'd share what she put in in case it was of interest to others.  This shoebox 348 inches cubed, for comparison, a GO box is 306 in3, so it's pretty close in size.   Here's one of the 2-4 girl shoeboxes she packed in 2015.  

If you'd like ideas for other ages be sure to check out my posts on boxes from this year for: Boy 2-4 years, Girl 5-9Boy 5-9Girl 10-14, & Boy 10-14.

NOTE:  Different countries have different restrictions on what can be packed in a shoebox due to customs, and this is the last year .  Be sure to check the guidelines from your national organization before packing!

What went into the shoebox gift:

  • Hygiene Supplies:
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothbrush case
    • Ivory soap (bagged)
    • Soap case (snack container)
    • Washcloth
    • Comb 
  • School Supplies:
      • Pencils
        • 2-regular
        • 5-decorative 
      • Enclosed Sharper
      • Eraser 
      • Eraser pencil grip
      • Composition beginner book
    • Art Supplies:
      • Crayons 
      • Plain pad of paper
      • Coloring book
      • Stickers
      • Scissors
      • Practical items: 
        • Mini blanket
        • Bowl
        • Silverware 
        • Small bag
      • To wear:
        • Shirt
        • Socks
        • Sandals
        • Hat
      • Toys 
        • To play noisily or others
          • Ball
          • Tambourine
        • To play with quietly alone
          • Mini kaleidoscope
          • Lacing Pig
          • Board picture book
        • To "love"
          • Crochet bear
      • Candy ( bagged & in original wrapping) 
      • Personal correspondence (not pictured)
        • Family photo
        • Letter  

      And here's how it was packed:

      You can see the bottom layer had to be laid out oddly to fill in all the holes around the bowl, you can see the soft items are together and the hard/square things went next to each other, trying to fill in every possible hole!

      Now the bowl goes in

      You can see the candy and soap went on opposite ends to separate the smell as much as possible.  You'll also notice crayons are in a bag, that's due to the results of our Crayons Heat Stress Test.

      Finally, put the last few items in, slid the notebook and coloring book down the side and folded over the top.

      Happy Packing!

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