So – I just published this 5 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Be a Cheerful Giver post and in it, I talked about fun and encouraging ways to teach your kids how to give cheerfully, in their schools and communities. It’s really a valuable lesson that kids should learn early.
One of the ways I mention is collecting Box Tops on select General Mills® products! We’ve collected Box Tops for years, even before little man started school himself. We love to shop at Walmart, not only for the prices and convenience, but because of the Bonus Box Tops offers they have. When I see Bonus Box Tops, I hear “cha-ching!“…haha!!
One way that you can get your kids excited about collecting Box Tops is to set up a Box Tops for Education COMMAND Center in a designated spot. Preferably in or near the kitchen/dining room area since most of your Box Tops will come from products in the kitchen.
Here’s what you’ll need to create your own Box Tops Command Center:
1. Designated Bin
A bin or container to hold empty packaging with Box Tops on them. Designate this container to store product boxes and then when it’s full, let the kiddo get to work cutting out Box Tops! Having a designated container to keep them in will remind you NOT to throw that package away before clipping the Box Tops!!
Keep a pair of scissors or two handy in your Box Tops Command Center so that when it’s time to clip, you won’t have to hunt down a pair of scissors!
3. A Box Tops Collection Bank
Rinse out an old spaghetti sauce jar or peanut butter jar…something with a lid. Use this to drop your Box Tops in after you’ve clipped them from the packaging. If your lid is plastic, you (or your handy dandy husband, ahem) could dremel out a slit in the lid to drop Box Tops in like a bank. Once it’s full, empty all the Box Tops into a ziploc baggie and send it to school. Then start refilling your collection bank all over again!
4. A Friend to Keep Them Company
Yes. If your kids are anything like mine, their attention gets diverted alot. They sometimes have trouble sticking to the task at hand. If your container or bin is super full and overflowing, clipping all those Box Tops can get tedious for the littles. Give them a break to play with their favorite DINO or game, and then challenge them to get back to work. The job’s done when the bin is empty!
5. A Grand Total
After all the Box Tops have been clipped (whether you do it weekly, bi-weekly or monthly), take a few minutes afterwards and count up how much money has been collected this time around. This always gains a little excitement to know that their hard work is paying off!
On your next trip to Walmart, check out your favorite products for those Bonus Box Tops offers on select General Mills® products! Even if you don’t have children in school, you can still support your local school systems by collecting and turning them in. Every little bit helps and it certainly adds up!!
Do you have a Box Tops for Education collection system in place at your house?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.