Something WOW for Team Hope Shoeboxes

Something Wow for a Team Hope Shoebox

Some of you may be dab hands and veterans at filling Team Hope Shoe Boxes but for those who aren’t and for those who just like getting some ideas, I thought I’d write this blog.

When you decide to fill a Team Hope Shoe Box you have to choose what gender and age you are filling it for. There are six categories to choose from:

  • a boy aged 2-4 years
  • a girl aged 2-4 years
  • a boy aged 5-9 years
  • a girl aged 5-9 years
  • a boy aged 10-14 years
  • and a girl aged 10-14 years

After you have assembled your flat-packed shoebox or wrapped a regular shoebox, you stick a Team Hope sticker on the top of the shoebox which indicates what category you have chosen. In each box you will put a selection of items that Team Hope call ‘The 4 Ws’ (somethings to WASH with, somethings to WRITE with, somethings to WEAR, and some WOW things). If you are looking for more information on this, you can check out a blog I wrote last year here. Today I’m going to show you two different toys that might work in the WOW section for each category.

For a boy aged 2-4 years

Flying gliders retro pocket money toys

A Flying Glider

Street Chalks

A box of Street Chalks


For a girl aged 2-4 years


Wooden Children's Bracelets

A Wooden Bracelet

Goki - Toy Kaleidoscope, pocket money toys

A Kaleidoscope


For a boy aged 5-9 years

Net of Marbles

A Net of Marbles

Emoji Smiley Face Stickers


A box of Emoji Stickers


For a girl aged 5-9 years


Wooden Lacing Beads in a Bag

A Bag of Wooden Beads

skipping rope with a wooden handle

A Skipping Rope


For a boy aged 10-14 years


Foot back, hacky sac, bean ball

A Hacky Sack

A Kite

For a girl aged 10-14 years


A French Knitting Doll

Pick Up Sticks Game - Game of Skill

Pick Up Sticks Game


I hope this has helped give you some inspiration. If you haven’t found what you want from my suggestions and you’d like to see my range by age, you can find the toys for 3-5 year olds here, for 6-8 year olds here and for 9 – 12 year olds here.

Have a lovely week and I hope you enjoy filling your shoe box as much as we do.

xx Suzie

PS. If you are looking to support the work of Team Hope and need to buy a gift for a boy or girl in Ireland too, consider buying the book Bunny’s Shoebox Journey. It’s lovely and all proceeds from the sales of this book go to the work of Team Hope.


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