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Teaching kids about kindness and compassion is one of the most wonderful things to do for them. Lately, I’ve discovered a lot of ideas of lovely acts of kindness for kids and I knew that I wanted to try them with my son!
Kids are amazing and they can often surprise us with their sensibility and kindness. Involving them in easy acts of kindness is a great way to teach them about the positive impact they can have on other people’s lives. This will encourage them to be kind and considerate with people around them more often. And it will also bring them a lot of joy!
This is why I’ve gathered here a list of lovely ideas that I plan to try with my son and I hope that they will inspire you too!
10 acts of kindness for kids: Lovely activities that are great for toddlers and preschoolers
My plan for doing these activities with my son is to create a kindness calendar and include them in our weekly activities.
If you like the idea of having a kindness calendar for you and your kids, you can download the printable file at the end of this article and enjoy it with your family!
1. Donate old toys or clothes
This is an easy activity that is great for both parents and kids. Inviting kids to choose some toys (or clothes) to donate is a great opportunity to teach them about kindness and generosity.
It’s not always easy for kids to give up their toys, even if they are not really of interest to them anymore. So my approach to this kind of situations is to give my son freedom to choose and time to make his decisions.
I just take a box and I draw a smiley face on it. Then I invite my son to place in it toys that would bring joy to other kids. I tell him to think about toys that used to bring him joy in the past and now are no longer used because he grew up.
I let the box at hand for 2 days to give him enough time to get used to the idea of donating toys and put as many toys as he likes in the box.
2. Prepare a craft as a gift to show someone gratitude or support
I love the idea of teaching kids to show gratitude and support to people around them. Creating a craft as a gift is a great way to do this!
The gift can be for someone in an elderly home, for a homeless family in a shelter, or for a child in need through a charity organization.
If you don’t know exactly whom to send the gift to, here is a nice idea that I’ve recently discovered. Little Loving Hands is a company that provides craft boxes exactly for this! The whole idea behind their boxes is to teach children about the importance of helping others. They provide all the materials for a nice craft and a pre-paid return envelope to send the gift as a donation.
I liked the boxes on their site and I decided to purchase one for us. I chose the Military Gratitude Box because I’m sure that Bogdan will love the idea of creating something for someone in the troops stationed around the world.
Our box is on its way and I can’t wait to prepare the gift together!
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3. Mail a postcard (and some drawings) to a friend or relative
This is easy to do for us because most of our family and friends live far away from us.
My son likes the idea of sending them letters, cards, and nice drawings and I’m sure that he will enjoy this activity!
4. Feed the birds (or other little animals)
We do this on a regular basis because my son loves it! We usually feed 2 squirrels that come on our balcony every day.
Now I plan to take Bogdan to a park to feed the birds or maybe even to a pond to feed the ducks. Another nice idea is to create a bird feeder and watch the birds enjoying the seeds.
Here are some nice ideas to try from Happy Hooligans: 32 easy homemade bird feeders to make with kids.
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5. Create Friendship High Fives for the child’s friends
I discovered this idea on Simply Play Ideas and I love it! This is such an easy and nice way to encourage kids to show kindness to their friends!
You can find all the details here: Friendship High Fives.
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6. Prepare a nice and tasty food basket for the local fire department
For my son, firefighters are his favorite superheroes! So I’m pretty sure that he will very glad to prepare a gift for them!
The plan is to go together to the grocery store, buy friends, snacks, and some delicious sweets and take them to the fire department. I hope that this will bring joy to the brave people who work there!
7. Bring flowers (or a thank you card) to the teacher
We did this last year on Teacher’s Appreciation Week and my son was happy to see the joy on the teacher’s face.
Now he is going to a new preschool so it would be nice to bring some flowers and a handmade thank you card to his new teacher.
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8. Bake cookies for someone
Baking cookies is always fun! Kids enjoy preparing the dough and watch the delicious cookies getting ready in the oven.
Cookies can be a great gift for a friend, a neighbor, or a relative. And an awesome way to show kindness and generosity!
9. Write kind words on rocks and leave them in the park
I love the idea of kindness rocks! They are a perfect way to combine expressing our creativity with bringing a smile to someone.
I’ve discovered this idea here and I plan to try it with my son. It seems really fun and nice and he will certainly like to decorate the stones.
10. Encourage the child to play with someone who needs a friend
Almost every time when we go to the park there are kids who play alone and this is a great opportunity to encourage my son to go play with them. I think that this is a great way to teach kids about the importance of including everyone in the games!
This time I plan to make things a little different by inviting my son to play with someone who needs a friend at the preschool. I’m really curious how this will go and if he will put this into practice even if I will not be around to see it.
Our kindness calendar
At first, I thought about creating a 10-day kindness calendar. But it seemed like a lot of activities to do in a short time, especially because my son is also attending preschool now 3 times a week
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So I changed my plan and I spread the activities over a 30 days period. Basically, we will do one of the acts of kindness every 3 days.
If you like the idea of a kindness calendar, you can download it using the below link. You can also add other activities on the list to make it better for you and your kids.
You can find a lot of other ideas of acts of kindness for kids on this Pinterest board. You’ll find there hundreds of ideas to choose from.
The printable file also includes a blank template where you can create your own kindness calendar exactly as you wish!
I hope that you enjoyed the ideas on our list. And most of all, I hope that your kids will love them and will be glad to learn more about being kind.
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