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Operation Christmas Child Shoebox for 5-9 Year Old Boy- 2017

This was a really fun Operation Christmas Child shoebox for me to pack this year for an 5-9 year old boy.  Early in the year I found a racing themed coloring book for 50 cents, and so began a theme!  I do love themed boxes...see more of my themed boxes here.  This shoebox was 382 inches cubed, for comparison, a GO box is 306 inches cubed, so it's reasonably close in size.  I wanted a wrapped on since I had Cars wrapping paper.
5 to 9 year old OCC shoebox

If you'd like ideas for other ages be sure to check out my posts on OCC shoeboxes from this year for: Girl 2-4Boy 2-4, Girl 5-9, Girl 10-14, & Boy 10-14 (will be updated with links as I post those boxes, until I do, here's a link to all the shoebox examples posts). 

NOTE: Different countries have different restrictions on what can be packed in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox due to customs-no candy or toothpaste in the USA going forward.  Be sure to check the guidelines from your national organization before packing!

What went into the OCC shoebox gift (Items with ** are on the list of "Wow" items):

  • Hygiene Supplies:
  • School Supplies:
      • Pens
        • 1-Red
        • 1-Blue
        • 1-Black
      • Pencils
        • 5-regular
        • 3-decorative 
      • Sharpener
      • Small decorative erasers
      • Eraser  
      • Spiral notebook 
      • Tape measure
    • Art Supplies:
      • Crayons
      • Stickers
      • Large coloring book
      • Pad of plain paper 
      • Cars Maze
      • Practical items: 
        • Pencil bag
        • Drawstring backpack *
        • Water bottle
      • Clothes:
        • Gloves
        • Flipflops
        • Swim Goggles
        • Cars Ring
      • Toys 
        • To play noisily or others
          • 3 Race-car themed Hotwheels 
          • Frog hopper game
          • Marbles
          • Racing Peg game
          • Balls
            • Mini 
            • Inflatable 
            • Fun-house 
          • Frisbees
          • Whistle
          • Mini Apples-to-Apples game
        • To play with quietly alone
          • Race go kart**
          • 6 Race driver/crew figures
          • 3 Dinosaur figurines 
          • 1 Turtle figurine
          • Cars keychain
          • Cars top
        • To "love"
          • Stuffed Bear with goggles and scarf like an old time car driver** 
      • Personal correspondence (not pictured)
        • Family photo 
        • Letter

      I know sometimes one of the hard things of packing shoeboxes is making things fit, so here's some photos I took of how it all packed in the box.

      I thought the back of the coloring book was neat-it was a fold out sticker scene, but also kind of fit the Hotwheel-haha!

      Here are more examples of 5- 9 boy boxes we've packed.

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