Box Tops™ are an essential part of our “school year routine”. We love collecting them year round, and with three kids in school, we have been very busy this summer. Whenever we go shopping, my kids love to look for the General Mills® products that have Box Tops on them, so they can be sure to have them to take to their teachers.
There are so many products to choose from, in so many different areas of the store, that it is almost like a game for them. I like having them collect Box Tops because it teaches them several different things. It is not only a great way to give back to the school, but it also teaches my kids how to find, collect, organize and turn in their Box Tops.
I have seen how much this has helped my kids and their school and so I want to share with you 5 reasons kids should collect Box Tops™.
- It gives them a sense of service and charity by allowing them to give back to the school and help with things that help the school earn money for programs and projects.
- It makes going grocery shopping more fun and gets the kids involved when they are looking for their Box Tops products.
- At home they are able to collaborate and organize their Box Tops and get them ready to be turned in. There are great activity sheets they can tape their Box Tops on, that give them a goal.
- They have to count and keep track of what they have so they know when to turn it in to the school. This helps their math and managing skills.
- By giving back to school in this small way they are able to help the school raise money for great programs and supplies that the school needs which also benefits them.
I asked my oldest daughter who is almost 11, what she thought about Box Tops, and this is what she told me “I like Box Tops because they help earn money for the school and it helps me be more service-like”. I also asked my 8 year old what she thought and she said “They are really fun, because you can do fun crafts with them, and they help you earn extra money for your school.” (in referring to crafts she meant the printable sheets that the Box Tops attach to).
We love shopping at Walmart for our Box Tops items because they have so many different varieties. From cereals, fruit snacks and granola bars to everyday supplies like baggies and toilet paper we are able to get what we need and still give back.
My mother, who was an educator for about 30 years, also wanted me to mention that “Box Tops are wonderful. Some schools get much needed equipment they wouldn’t otherwise get”. If you haven’t collected Box Tops before, now is a great time to start.
You can register online and get “digital” points that go straight to your school when you buy qualifying items, and you can get the ones on the boxes when you shop and turn them into the school. Each box top is worth $0 .10 – and if every student collected them and turned them in every week or month it would be a huge benefit to the school and the kids in turn. There are over 80,000 k-8 schools that participate, so be sure to check with your school if you are not sure about the program.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.