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In what feels like a blink of an eye, it's August, and just one month left before the kiddos head back to school. As summer winds down, we're starting to slowly get ready for the school year ahead, shopping for clothes, school supplies and getting organized around the house. I find that taking the time now to get the house stocked up and a bit more orderly is always worth it and really helps us to start the school year off on the right foot.
This year I have a second grader and a kindergartner which is just plain crazy. While we're having a great summer, they're both really excited for school. Not surprising, as the schools and teachers in our little town are truly wonderful. Over the summer the boys have been collecting Box Tops For Education. My oldest is especially into it as they talk it up at school and encourage the support. When we go shopping they now look for the Box Tops when we're making product choices. Recently they've been wanting a special place to keep their growing collection of Box Tops until they turn them in at school. This week we did this DIY project with basic supplies it; it was simple and a lot of fun for them. Here's what we did:
Stock Up For School
The great news is when you stock up household favorites or products to contribute to your child's school, many of them contain Box Tops for Eduction on the packaging. We recently went shopping at Walmart, some of the products we purchased included Scott® Tissue 20 Roll Pack, Viva® Vantage® 6 Big Rolls and Kleenex® Trusted Care* 3 Bundle Pack (which actually offers double Box Tops). We also quickly realized that the empty Kleenex boxes would make perfect Box Tops collection containers with a little decoration.
Gather Your Simple Supplies
We wanted something simple that didn't involve costly supplies, as we're trying to save money for our awesome schools. We tried to use mostly repurposed items/items we had on hand. Here's what we used:
Let the Kids Decorate
The great thing about this craft is that you really can't mess up. I cut long pieces of the tape and laid them out on table and the boys did the rest. First they layered the tape covering the box completely. Then they used the letter stickers to label the box and the fun themed stickers to add some fun to the box. The boys had a blast designing the box and are excited to have a place to keep their Box Tops collection.
Starting Saving Box Tops
The boys are even more into collecting Box Tops now that they have their special box. When we go shopping they look for products like Kleenex, Viva and Scott that offer Box Tops. Each of the Box Tops is worth 10 cents for your local schools and it's amazing how quickly they add up. Love that this is something simple we can do to support our awesome schools.
Do you collect Box Tops?
Hope everyone is having a great end to their Summer! Good luck with the Back to School Season. Thanks as always for stopping by.
I'm Rebecca, a Maine mom of three energetic young boys and wife of a lobsterman, living in my favorite place, the coast of Maine. You'll find me here talking about my parenting journey, mom style, recipes, running and exercise, travel, stories from our life in Maine and so much more! Most days I'm just figuring it out as I go - Thanks so much for stopping by!