Ideas for Schools
UK School children with shoeboxes

You can choose to make one shoebox per class with each child contributing a gift, or every child could fill a shoebox – whatever works best for your school.  Here are some ideas for how to take part:

  • Download our assembly ideas resource for Primary Schools.
  • Download our class activities resource for Secondary Schools.
  • Use Operation Christmas Child as an opportunity to learn about and pray for children of other cultures, languages and world religions.
  • Choose one of the destination countries to study. Research the customs, flag, geography and current events. Invite a member of the Operation Christmas Child team to give a presentation to your class.
  • Watch our Operation Christmas Child videos
  • Download free posters, leaflets and more to take part and get your school involved.
  • Write letters/Christmas cards to include in the shoeboxes.  It’s a great creative writing opportunity.
  • Download our Children’s resources



  • Download our colouring pages that your students can put in their shoeboxes to let the recipients know about the children who packed their gifts.
  • Make some simple crafts to include in the shoeboxes.  Visit our Pinterest page for ideas on what to make.



  • Download our Introduction Letter to Parents when you send home the How to Pack Leaflet, to tell parents all they need to know about the programme and why your school is getting involved.


Pat Sabin, former Headteacher at Firfield Primary School Derbyshire said this about the programme:

“Operation Christmas Child added a tremendous dimension to or school ethos. The beauty of the whole campaign is that you can link it into almost every aspect of the Curriculum. Parents, prospective parents and Ofsted were very impressed by the community perspective that Operation Christmas Child embraced.”


Students and Shoeboxes – More than a shoebox