Let's take a look inside, shall we?
I purchased the blue boxes at the dollar store. They weren't super big, but still large enough for us to pack everything in.
To begin with, each of the kids got a little felt pouch - left over from these valentine's day cards.
(I didn't have yellow, so Zoe got pink. But the rest of the kids got the right color.) Inside the pouch, each kid got three "magic grow" capsules. (You put them in water and the capsule dissolves and the inside expands into these spongy animals.) I got them at the dollar store.
Under the capsules, there was a special drawstring bag. Sort of like the bags from my fort kit post. I used the patterned fabric unique for each kid and made long "cords" out of knit in each of the main colors. Inside the draw string bag was an entire army of... well, an army. Each army was a different color, so the kids could tell their soldiers apart. They waged epic pom pom battles. Well, Zoe didn't. Hers just talked to each other. I got the soldiers in different colors at the dollar store - they have green, gray, dark blue and red.
Next up, I made a little "garage" for each kid out of their color. It's a simple pouch that is divided into three sections, with a band around the top that has velcro closures above each compartment. Each child got three hot wheels cars - and since I couldn't really color code the cars (not enough of each color - amazingly) I drew their first initial on the bottom of the cars in their specific color. When they started fighting over the "cool cars" I just reminded them to check for their letter.
Finally, I sewed crayon rolls. I'd never sewn a crayon roll before, and I just made it up as I went... the next time I make one, I'd for sure base mine on A Girl and A Glue Gun's (or even this cute one with the built in section for a small memo pad) since she's the authority on crayon rolls. Seriously. But, oh well. It worked. And kudos of you noticed the outside is the kid's color and the inside is the kid's print.
There was also room in the little boxes to add a few more things that I didn't make. They got a mini puzzle (again, most were color coordinated - a red crab, a green turtle, etc) and I wrote their name on the back in their color just in case. They came in a four pack at the dollar store.
Each kid got a baggie with flash cards inside (because by that point I was sewn out and totally uncreative.) They each got flash cards that I thought would match their interests... though I could totally have been wrong. Zoe got these alphabet cards, Ezra got outer space cards, Kaia got animals and Gabe got dinosaurs. I got them all long ago in the Target dollar section and have been