Just the other day, I was (again) in the right place at the right time to get good deals for the Operation Christmas Child boxes. This time it was Wal-Mart, and everything in their $1 Deals section was $0.25 each. I was able to get: 9 packs of hair bows and a headband, 4 color-your-own dinosaur puzzles (with crayons), a dinosaur "magic towel", 2 packs of grow-your-own dinosaurs, and an activity pad.
Then I found these miniature "Barrel of Monkeys" games in the party favors section of Dollar Tree. I was pleased to discover that they aren't too tiny to be practical. They're adorable and functional, so I got three packs of them.
Of course, I got some great after-Christmas deals, too.
- The small puzzles in the back came from Walgreens ($0.25 each).
- The peg games came from Michaels ($0.25 each). (I was happy to find some thigs for the older boys' boxes, since I'm going to try to make up some for this harder-to-shop-for age group.)
- The cups and sip-style cups came from Dollar Tree ($0.50 per pack, which averages out to $0.25 or less per cup).
- I found the checkers games (incorrectly labeled "chess" - grrr! - $0.50 each) and the mini table tennis sets ($1 each) at Wal-Mart. (Both of these are also for the older boys - yay!)
Here's a slightly better view of a few of those items.
All in all, I was very pleased!