I’ve been having a run of good luck with my homemade Fun Box.
I start with a Sterilite Snap Box (found at Target) and do the lettering with the help of some painter’s tape to keep me straight. Then I head to my local Craft store (Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, etc) for the innards. The key is to buy in bulk and get into my Costco-size Ziploc bags to do the dividing.
So here are the goodies:
1) Velvet coloring activity I found in the $1 bin; 2) safety scissors; 3) glue stick (you might want to warn the parents about this one); 4) crayons – I like these new Crayola twistables; 5) a bunch of stickers; 6) foam stickers (animals, stars and bells, letters and numbers); 7) colored craft sticks; 8. regular craft sticks; 9) bells; 10) pompoms; 11) googly eyes; 12) pipe cleaners; 13) activity books: dot-to-dot, mazes, etc. (School Zone Publishing has great ones for about $1.40 each and available here:
My dear friend Erika – a teacher – uses books, cute lettering and stickers:
How cute is that??
She also uses these adorable reusable shopping bags for boys:
I also heard an idea a while back about a special playdate (bowling, horseback riding, a trip to the bounce house place, etc) in lieu of a present. I’ve been trying this with mixed results.
Yes, and sometimes, I just grab the LEGO set and go with it!
What are your ideas for birthdays?
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