I know that I’m not able to resist a trip there and surely, if you’re someone who’s able to shop at high-end establishments, you share no such desire or interest with me.
Oh but how I personally love perusing the aisles for coloring, crafting, toiletries, office supplies and/or home goods! I think the toys as well, are pretty neat for the price and they really run the gamut. Keeping a small stash always comes in handy for little visitors or for extras inside of goodie bags.
There’s also a ton of early learning items to be found there. For example, even with today’s technology, my child was still very excited when I showed him the item below. He was able to conveniently practice letters during car trips and I myself enjoy this childhood relic on occasion.
My plan is to present my child with a twenty-dollar bill along with instructions to choose twenty items from anywhere in the store that he would like me to purchase. Of course, the exact total will be a bit more than that after tax, but you get the idea.
If you have more than one kid with you, then divvy up the total as you see fit.
You can do this with a five or ten-dollar bill (we happen to have a $20 that his grandmother gave him to spend as he so wishes.) If you have money to burn, then by all means, count up even higher. I think I would personally go bonkers if I had $50 to spend in the Dollar Tree but that’s simply not in the budget.
Or go in the other direction. If they only have one dollar to spend then maybe they’ll focus on picking a single item that is really special!
Another idea is to have them choose one item per each person they know for surprise gift giving instead. They can put down on paper the names of each person beforehand as a way to incorporate writing practice to the project. The options are endless.
For instance, they can also sort by category and collect things like faux flowers, cups, pencils or a notepad. Speaking of, I simply can’t get enough of writing instruments, folders and clipboards (color coordinated at that!)
Sidebar. I hope when I return they still have a jumbo eraser I spotted but forgot to throw in my cart that had a message on it about making big mistakes. I want to display it for symbolism. If only we could invent something that truly wipes out the real errors we’ve made in life (since Mr. Clean’s little white sponge is not really magical.)
Anyway, we hope you enjoy this outing/activity suggestion over the summer months (assuming you won’t be on holiday in the South of France) at the time.