If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll know I am a single mom to an 8 year old boy. This means he’s not with me every day and so we don’t get to see each other after school and spend all of our nights together. I miss him a lot and I thought maybe he missed me too on those days.
One day I found this cool little craft on Pinterest and it got my creative wheels spinning. The idea is intended to be an Overseas care package and you can see it here. Well I thought, why don’t I create one of these with a special surprise for him each day? This way he can have something from me at the end of the day even though I don’t get to be there. I didn’t have time to find cute paper to measure, cut out and glue to the inside; but I thought I would at least put it together and see the response.
It was a hit!! Not only with my son, but apparently with all his friends in after-school-care. After the first week was over he asked me where the new one was. Because all of his friends were asking him “what’s today’s surprise??” He got way more out of the craft than I would have ever thought. This not only gave him a connection to me, but also something to share with his peers.
I stuff the envelopes with printable activities and kid jokes. When I call him in the evenings, he tells me the joke as if he had thought of it! It’s very cute 🙂
Here are some of the sources I use for his weekly surprise:
- Disguise Kit
- Finger Puppets (or you can glue them on a popsicle stick)
- Masks! – actually that site has a bunch of beautiful printables for kids
- Dino Jokes
Need more ideas? Google anything! It’s amazing how many fun things are out there that you can put in the envelopes. If you have any questions feel free to contact me or post a comment. Have fun!