After my Home Study appointment yesterday (I’ll post about that soon…) I decided to go pick up more items for my Welcome Package. I plan to make a few of these packages so I always have one on hand to give to children entering my care. They are packages meant to be more of a welcome gift with fun items in side for them, rather than a necessity pack. The necessities (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.) will be given as well, but they are just picked out of the stock cupboard rather than given as a gift.
My goal with these packages is to make the child feel welcome and give them items that are theirs. They will be coming in and having to share toys, craft supplies, etc., but these are items just for them.
Note: my age range is ‘young school age’ (Kindergarten to Grade 2)
- Duffel Bag
- Pencil Case
- Pencil Crayons
- Pencils with Matching Erasers
- Glue stick
- Colouring Books
- Since I don’t know if I will receive a male or female I included both a “Frozen” themed book and a “Justice League” themed one as well (and really, I don’t like to limit boys to “boy things” and girls to “girl things” so I am going to include both for the children)
- Sketch Book
- This is a really cute dog themed book that has writing prompts and quotes in it. For example: “Things that make my tail wag”
- Toys (these will change with each package, but here is what is in my first package)
- A dinosaur egg that hatches when you soak it overnight in water
- Angry Birds foam ball
- Glow Sticks
- Package of plastic Animal figures
- Battery Operated Toothbrush – this is a “necessity” but a fun version. I also have plain old fashioned toothbrushes if they prefer in the stock closet, but we use electric toothbrushes, so I wanted to include these in the package. The two pack was cheaper, so that is the reason there are two.
- Floss picks – again, fun floss, not the boring old normal floss
- Snacks – we of course will have snacks on hand and will have a snack when the child(ren) first arrive, but these are items that they can put in their container in their room if they want. I have set a container under the bed so they can store things there (toys, snacks, whatever it may be – up to them). These are fun snacks to put in there for the first week in case they get hungry and don’t want to ask for a snack.
- Dole Strawberry Fruit Snacks
- Dole Orange Fruit Snacks
- Box of Animal Crackers
- Water Bottle (both of my kids keep a water bottle beside their bed at night, so I wanted to include one for the new placements)
- I also plan to include a cuddly stuffed animal, but don’t have one picked out yet.
I bought almost all of the items from Dollarama so most of the items were only $1-$3, including the duffel bag! The only items I didn’t buy at the dollar store were the toothbrushes and floss picks, which were bought from Walmart.
Total cost of this package was around $50 (Canadian).
Once a new placement comes in we will also “shop” for the necessities they need from the stock closet. I have some clothes on hand as well, but plan on shopping for the child once they are in my care and I know sizing. The clothes I have on hand are for the first few days in case they don’t come with much. There is a clothing allowance with each placement, so I plan to use it for them so they have lots to take with them when they leave my care.
I will be posting more about my stock pile, I just have to organize it better first!
Do you give welcome packages? If so, what is in it?