I joined this kids swap last week and I’m super excited to see how it unfolds. I am trying to come up with ideas for the swap that are eco-friendly and fun. I’ll keep you posted as the swap unfolds and share my swap with you. This is the last weekend to sign up for the swap and they are looking for families across the US and Canada to participate. I hope to see you in the swap.
From the swap blog:
You are invited to participate in a swap for the wee ones. The emphasis here is on the little ones (ages 2-10) and the idea is to send out a care package to help get through the end of winter blahs. Hopefully it will also help our kids make friends with someone far away while creatively constructing a fun package for someone they have never met.
You do not have to pick out a theme but that would probably be helpful as you pick items to send. It would be best to stay away from commercialized themes like Elmo, Barbie, and such. Instead a good theme might be make believe, mail, library, art, etc. You can make, buy, or send gently used items. If you choose to spend money then the upper end should be about 10 dollars plus shipping (this does not include the value you have of anything you choose to send from your home or the value of your time.) The swaps will be organized by family groups. So you may have 2 children and swap with a family that has 1 or more children.
Things that should definitely be included in your package:
A picture of your family or at least the kids
A postcard or map of where you are from or photograph of your city/ house
A note, either written or dictated and transcribed by an adult
The commitment for this swap is :
1) email your partner introducing your family and answering a few provided questions
2) one package shipped by April 1
3) either an email thank you or send a thank you card in response.
If you choose to do any more that is up to you. But this is the minimum.
To join in send an email to megandmag(at)gmail(dot)com In your email include your name, the names of your children, their ages and genders, your location, and how you heard about the swap. The deadline to sign up is March 10 or when we reach 50 participants, which ever comes first. Hurry, it is filling up fast! My co-conspirator and I will try to match up similar age families, but can not make any promises. If you are from outside the US, you must be willing to ship internationally. If you are inside the US, it is not required that you are willing to ship internationally, as we already have many families willing to do so.