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Example of an OCC Shoebox for Boy 2-4 Years Old - 2016

What to pack inside an Operation Christmas Child shoebox for a 2 to 4 year old boy.Here's an Operation Christmas Child shoebox my aunt packed for a 2-4 year old boy this year.    This shoebox was 360 inches cubed, for comparison, a GO box is 306 inches cubed, so it's pretty close in size.   Here's one of the 2-4 boy OCC 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: Girl 2-4 years,  Girl 5-9, Boy 5-9, Girl 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 for candy & toothpaste from the USA.  Be sure to check the guidelines from your national organization before packing!

What went into the shoebox gift:

  • Hygiene Supplies:
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothbrush case
    • Toothpaste
    • Ivory soap (bagged) in...
    • Soap case (snack container)
    • Washcloth
    • Comb 
  • School Supplies:
      • Pen
      • Pencils
        • 1-regular
        • 3-decorative 
      • Enclosed Sharper
      • Eraser 
      • Eraser pencil grip
      • Composition beginner book
    • Art Supplies:
      • Crayons (in bag due to melting fears based on our Crayons Heat Stress Test)
      • Colored Pencils
      • Watercolor palet
      • 2-Plain pads of paper
      • Large coloring book
      • 2-small coloring books
      • Stencil
      • Scissors
      • Practical items: 
        • Flashlight with extra batteries
      • To wear:
        • Shirt
        • Shorts
        • Socks 
      • Toys 
      • Candy ( bagged & in original wrapping)  [UPDATE 2017:  candy is no longer allowed]
      • Personal correspondence (not pictured)
        • Family photo 

      And here's how it was packed:

      Bottom layer of gifts in an OCC shoebox for 2 to 4 year old boy.
      School and art supplies went in the pencil cases which stood up on the side, the puzzle and paper pads went flat on the bottom.

      Adding toys to a 2 to 4 boy Operation Christmas Child shoebox.
      Then more goodies went in.

      Tucking gifts into an OCC Shoebox to fit more in for a 2 to 4 boy box.

      Then more items went in, you can see the hard/square soap case and crayons box went next to each other to minimize wasted space.  Then other softer items folded in the other open area.

      Adding coloring book and notebook to a 2 to 4 year old OCC shoebox.
      Finally, the coloring & composition book were laid on the top, slightly curved ( as they were too large to lay totally flat in the box.  You can see details of exactly how to do this in this post:  How to Fit a Full Sized Notebook or Coloring Book in an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox.

      Check out more of our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes for 2 to 4 year olds.

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