This Washcloth Teddy Bear is so easy to make and just adorable! We will be making these with our youth group this Sunday evening to add to our shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse. This gives our youth a chance to really get involved with the Christmas shoeboxes. We want them to experience the blessing of giving to others this Christmas season.
A washcloth is one of the items we always try to add to all the shoeboxes we pack for Operation Christmas Child. It’s a much-needed item for many of the recipients. We try to include a bar of soap as well. We think taking the time to turn each regular washcloth into a Washcloth Teddy Bear will make them extra special for the children.
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My own kids love any kind of towel animal or towel origami. We’ve stayed at Walt Disney World a few times, and occasionally towel animals will show up on the beds or in the bathrooms after Mousekeeping has cleaned the rooms. We don’t even have our room cleaned every day when we stay in other hotels, but we always let Mousekeeping come every day at Disney because the kids are hoping for towel animals. We hope the children who receive these Washcloth Teddy Bears will be just as excited about them.
Maybe before next Christmas, we’ll really practice our towel folding skills and be able to make other animals as well. We found the instructions for this Washcloth Teddy Bear on Pinterest, but we might have to try to find some fancier ideas for next year.
For this project, you only need one washcloth and five rubber bands or ties. You can also add a ribbon if you would like. The washcloths we’ve used in the video and photos are the cheapest ones from Walmart. They come in a huge pack for $3-$4. Those are mostly the only type of washcloths we have at The House That Never Slumbers because remember, this gal put the G-A-L in frugal. Cheap washcloths work just as well as expensive ones.
We will probably use hair elastics instead of the tiny rubberbands for all of the bears we make for the shoeboxes because I’m not sure how the rubberbands will hold up in the heat or cold conditions during transport. Most of these shoeboxes will have a long journey. I wouldn’t want the bands to snap before they reach their destination.
Here are the photo instructions. The video is below.
Check out our video as well!
Stay tuned for a future post with pictures of our youth shoebox packing party! You can also check out my friend Tannah’s post The Gift of Giving on how she teaches her children about the importance of giving to others to find some other great ideas.
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If you do shoeboxes, what are the favorite must-include items you put in yours?