I’ve participated in the Box Tops For Education program for a number of years now. I even spent the last school year as the coordinator for the program. It’s a great program. The program costs nothing (other than the products you buy any way). The only real effort required is to actually cut out the Box Tops and send them in to the school. Once the school sends in all of the Box Tops that have been collected, they receive 10 cents for each that can be spent on things that the school needs. Those Box Tops really add up quickly. When you consider that over $525 million has been given to the more than 80,000 participating schools since the program launched in 1996, the small effort required to cut them out is well worth it.
Now we parents that participate know how great of a program Box Tops is, and what it can mean to a school. But how do you help get kids excited about it? The answer to that question is simple. Make it fun for them! I have always felt that kids learn better when it’s interactive and fun. If you agree with me then this will be easy for you. One way to make collecting Box Tops fun for the kids is to put together a fun Box Tops Word Hunt game.
So how to play the game. The first thing you need to do is determine in advance which participating Box Tops products you’re going to buy. If you aren’t sure, just go through the list of participating products and select those that you want or need that week. Be sure to include a few of the kids favorites, or a couple of extra treats that they will enjoy. There are all sorts of products that participate in the program, so you’ll have literally hundreds to choose from. Right now, for the back-to-school season, there are specific General Mills® products at Walmart that carry an extra 5 Box Tops on each package. They’re a great place to start, since the bonus Box Tops Will only be there for a limited time.
Once you’ve decided which products you want to use, put their names into a list. Next, take that list and feed it into a word search generator. If you homeschool you probably already have one site that you use. If you don’t do a quick Google search for “create free word search” and you’ll find a bunch. (I used the one at A To Z Teacher Stuff). I stuck with the default settings in most cases. When you’ve checked the settings you click create puzzle and in a matter of seconds a word hunt is generated for you. Print out the word hunt and give it to the kids. Let them know that you’ll be picking up the treats that they are able to find. Then, head to the store and shop.
As you can see from the picture above, I loaded up. I got something for everyone.
Once you get home be sure to let your children start enjoying the treats they earned. And don’t forget to have them cut out the Box Tops! The word hunt is a great way to practice important skills like letter recognition and spelling, and the cutting is a good way to work on fine motor skills.
Download the FREE Printable Box Top Word Hunt sheet that I made here! It contains twenty words including Baking, Bars, Biscuits, Breakfast, Cereal, Cooking, Cookies, Dessert, Dinner,Fiber, Food, Fruit, Granola, Lunch, Pasta, Pizza, Rolls, Snacks, Tacos, and Yogurt.
What are your favorite Box Tops participating products?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.