Care Package Update

February 5, 2008

Just wanted to let everyone know, especially those who donated, that the care package (or half of it) will be mailed this week. I requested they take photos when the children get the package, so we should see those in a few weeks!

Package Complete!

December 29, 2007

Today I finished shopping for Gracie’s preschool. Many thanks to Connie and Francesca for each sending a box of goodies for the children. When I decided to do this and LWB said they really needed books, I made my main objective to find books. Well I ended up doing a little more shopping! But I spent lots of time in local thrift stores sitting on the floor flipping through pages of children’s books looking for good ones. I got good deals and ended up with 34 books and spent less than $10! Here is a list and photographs of everything I will be sending to the preschool.

– Nine puzzles consisting of pictures, numbers, and shapes
– 24 little buckets of play dough
– pencils, markers, crayons, paint, paintbrushes, and stamps
– 6 hand drums
– 6 play sets containing kitchen/food toys and a doctor set
– 4 containers full of foam stickers
– 2 containers full of foam beads
– flashcards
– 6 scissors
– 12 rulers
– a clock that is also a puzzle
– a book of 700 stickers
– 34 picture/story books

Pictures – click for larger sizes
More Books

Books!

More goodies

Pretend Food & Play Sets

Lots of Goodies

Now I have to find a way to ship all of this to China without it costing a fortune haha. I’m going to try and work out a deal with the lady at the local shipping center. Wish me luck!

Gifts for BIM3

December 7, 2007

Believe In Me Three is the preschool our Gracie is in. I have asked Love Without Boundaries if we could send a package of goodies to the students. She said yes! Here is a list of items that would be good for the children:

  • early childhood books. They recommend ‘Wild Animal Baby’, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear…”, “Fish Eyes”, “I Like Me”, “Rosie’s Walk,” “The Foot Book,” “Green Eggs and Ham”, and counting books. The books can not have religious, political, family or wealth mentioned in them. Lightweight paperbacks are best. Choose books that are age appropriate for preschoolers. Also pick books that aren’t very wordy because the books get translated.
  • puzzles
  • lacing toys
  • a Judy clock (certain type of teaching clock)
  • shapes for sorting
  • graphing tools
  • fine motor manipulation
  • pretend items (food, dress-up, anything)
  • play dough
  • cutting tools

Places like the dollar store, discount stores, and Target’s dollar section are great places to find school supplies and small toys. Consignment/Thrift stores are great places to find inexpensive books, just make sure they are in good condition. eBay and Amazon also have books for great prices and you could get the item shipped directly to me.

If you would rather donate money and have me do the shopping & shipping that would also be great. You can click here to donate via PayPal.

If you want to include items in the package you can email me at craftforchina@gmail.com. I will give an address to ship your things to. Then I’ll combine everything and ship it to China! When buying items try to find things that are on the smaller size and are lightweight. I don’t know how expensive it is to ship to China so lets make it as light as possible.