I love making little goody bags for the boys for holidays like Halloween. I try to be intentional about them and not just fill them with candy. (Although, let's be real...candy rocks.)
Today my youngest son put together a little baggy of these special things and brought it to me for "being the best mom." Such a sweet gesture, but being on the recipient end of this thoughtful practice made me realize how important this act really is and how it could be useful for things other than holidays.
Consider putting together a little goody bag for something important you'd like to share with your child. These do not have to be very expensive items. Maybe they are even an intentional collection of things you already own or that you can find around the house. What's fun about this is the discovery of the items together. I've brainstormed a few ideas but this is the type of activity I think you'll really be able to make your own and adjust according to the age and interest of your child.
1. Nature Bag
Find some unique items from nature and collect them together. Acorns, flowers, leaves, mushrooms (careful not to pick anything toxic.)
2. Rock Specific Bag
Choose some rocks with interesting features. Clean them up well like treasures. Identify them or try to build a sculpture out of them.
3. Name Letter Bag
Collect some items that begin with the first letter of your child's name, or some other relevant letter they may be working on. Personalize it to their interests where possible. Remember you can make small items, too, out of clay or felt or glued together craft.
4. Affirmations of Love
Little notes or trinkets that express your love for your child. Don't forget to list special inside jokes you might share. Maybe include a photograph of the two of you together.
5. Bible Bag
Engage your child's spiritual life with favorite verses, colored pictures of characters from the Bible, maybe a few items that are symbolic of your favorite Bible Stories.
These bags could be presented to your child or left in a place for them to discover them on their own. Consider adding a sensory experience by choosing items of varied, interesting textures. Maybe you have your child feel the items without looking first, to try and identify them by touch.
Most of all, enjoy the conversations that will surely ensue from your intentional gift giving.
I have two young sons, ages six and four. From pregnancy and beyond, they have been mirroring back to me more than I ever could have dreamed of learning about myself and my own growth. As we grow together through this life, I hope to always mirror back to them the same inspiration, strength, and wonder they have shown me.