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Teaching Kids the Spirit of Giving: A DIY Sparkle Box #FCBlogger

**A huge thanks to Family Christian for sponsoring today's post. All thoughts are my own. 

Children's Christmas books are my favorite! I love finding books that are not just entertaining for my children, but help teach them valuable Christmas lessons as well. Books that teach them the true Christmas spirit. A few years ago, we discovered one such book that has become a favorite of mine. The Sparkle Box:

The moving story of an uncommon gift and how giving to others shows a little boy the true meaning of Christmas.
Sam is so excited about Christmas! He's thinking about his Christmas list, anticipating holiday parties, and puzzling over one very mysterious gift -- a sparkly box sitting on the mantel above the fireplace. In the midst of the festivities, Sam and his family participate in various acts of kindness to others. On Christmas morning, when Sam finally opens the Sparkle Box, he finds only slips of paper that record the family's good deeds. Sam's parents explain that the things that they've been doing for others are, in fact, a gift for Jesus -- for Jesus said that whatever we do for the least of these, we do for Him. This heartfelt story will inspire readers to adopt this faith-centered tradition in their own homes. Ages 4-8.

Includes a glitter-coated fold-out Sparkle Box!

What a great lesson to teach our children, right? After all, we celebrate Christmas to honor Christ's birth...so shouldn't He get a birthday present from us! Like I said, it became a favorite in my household.

The included Sparkle Box? Well, let's just say it did not last long at all! It was an adorable little box, but it didn't stand a chance against my destructive kiddos! It survived (barely) for just one Christmas!

This year, we decided to keep the Sparkle Box fun going by creating our own Sparkle Box-something a little sturdier that will last for several Christmases to come! Want to create your own? Here's how:

DIY Sparkle Box

  • Unfinished Craft Box
  • Glitter Paint
  • Embellishments (Sequins, Stickers, etc)
  • Glue (if needed)
  1. First up, decide how you plan to design your box. You can keep it simple with a silver sparkle like the one in the book or you can make it festive with lots of green and red. For my box, I decided to go with a very classic Christmas look with red glitter and sparkly snowflakes! 
  2. Now that you've decided, start painting! I used a basic glitter craft paint (mine was fine glitter which isn't noticeable in the photos, go with a more coarse glitter for a more extreme look), but you can use a spray glitter paint or even mod podge and loose glitter. Basically, it just needs to sparkle! Allow to dry.
  3. Now, decorate! This is where you can get creative and truly make it your own. Use sequins, rhinestone stickers, sparkly snowflakes...whatever you like to bring in more fun and more sparkle. Let the kids go crazy and make it their own!
  4. Fill it with good deeds throughout the holiday season!
Are you ready to start your own Sparkle Box Tradition? You can pick up your copy at Family Christian!

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  1. What a great idea - and this sparkle box is so adorable that it would keep kids at rapt attention!

  2. Omgosh I love this!! I love that it includes a box to do it yourself as well!! We have truly forgotten what this holiday is and who its for!!

  3. Fantastic idea to do all year long, opening the box at Christmas every year.. Sparkling sounds like it needs to become a new trend!!

  4. What a cute Sparkle Box! We have one under our tree too!

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