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Colorful Collection Box
Try the Colorful Collection Box easy volunteer activity.
Try the Colorful Collection Box easy volunteer activity.
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In this easy volunteer activity, create a colorful collection box for UNICEF Day (October 31) that is so pretty everyone will want to put something in it. Or turn this easy kids' activity into a donation box for all occasions.

What You'll Need:

  • Shoe box or other small box with lid
  • Paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Old magazines and catalogs
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to Make Colorful Collection Box:

Do you know what UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) does? They collect money to give to needy children all over the world. That's a pretty big job! Lots of people help UNICEF by doing some of the money collecting for the organization.

It's easy to make your own collection box. Just use a shoe box or a cigar box and cut a small slot in the lid. Paint the box a pretty color inside and out.

When the paint is dry, decorate your box by cutting out pictures of children from magazines and catalogs. Glue the pictures all over the box.

Cut out large letters that spell the word UNICEF, and glue these to the top of the box. Put the box on your dining-room table. Whenever you find a coin, you can put it in the box. Whenever you or your family members feel grateful for all you have, you can put in money to send to UNICEF.

In the next volunteer activity, pursue a good cause by creating a nature group.

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