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Summer Fun Box

School is almost out! A great surprise gift idea for elementary-aged children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews is a 'Summer of Fun' surprise package. Try to think of all the things you loved as a child. Your grandchild, child or niece/nephew will probably have a little of you in them. I did this last summer and my granddaughter was absolutely delighted!


Fill the box with the following:

  • Bubbles
  • Slinky
  • Silly Putty
  • Jacks
  • Ping pong paddle
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Bubble bath (preferably in a character bottle) for bedtime clean up
  • Small plastic boat for the tub
  • Packages of Kool-Aid
  • Water guns
  • Jump rope

This gift will not cost you tons (you can get a lot of the things at your local dollar store), but a surprise (for no reason) summer fun box, will bring hours of delight to the young ones. :)

Have fun!

By Gooby from Straughn, IN

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May 25, 20100 found this helpful

Really nice idea. Little gifts like the ones you've listed say "Somebody loves you" much louder than words.


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May 25, 20100 found this helpful

Another fun item to include would be supplies for finger painting. Someone told me a long time ago that adding tempera paint to liquid starch would make finger paint. Anyone have another "recipe?" I'm thinking butcher paper is similar to the paper we used when I was a kid. Clay would also be fun.

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May 27, 20100 found this helpful

Great idea, and it would also work for a Spring birthday. You could probably add sidewalk chalk to that list for playing hopscotch (remember that one?) And do they still sell hula hoops? Ah, the nostalgia...

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June 24, 20110 found this helpful

thanks so much for posting this. My 4 1/2 yr old twin grands are coming for a visit for a week next month and this idea will make Grammy look great!

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April 2, 20120 found this helpful

I loved most of that stuff as a kid too. XD And especially if you complement it with time spent...teaching them hopscotch or other things...it's an awesome gift!

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