Our latest session of crafting for shoeboxes involved two very simple ideas.
Home made jigsaw puzzles and friendship bracelets.
As we operate on a fairly limited budget, we are always on the lookout for ideas that can be made without too much expense, preferably using materials that we already have to hand. For the jigsaw puzzles we made use of some sheets of cardboard, left over from some paper pads from which we had previously used the paper.
We took some used Christmas cards (or any card with a nice picture would do) and made a photocopy of the picture (to include with the jigsaw, so that the child can see the picture.)
We then stuck the original picture onto the card,
and trimmed the edges.
On the reverse side of the card, we drew patterns using a ruler.
And then cut up the pieces.
This one's going to be fun to put back together! (Maybe a few too many cuts here!)
We then put all the pieces, and the photocopied picture into a polythene bag, to keep them all together, ready to be put into a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.
Elsewhere around a rather serious-looking table... (we're not always this serious, honestly!)
... people were preparing kits for friendship bracelets...
or making them up.
I have made a tutorial about how to make these friendship bracelets, and how to make up a gift kit, with materials for a child to make their own bracelet. You can find it here.