Holiday Random Acts of Kindness for Kids
My favorite part of the holidays is watching my kids joyfully soak up all the wonders of the season – from decorating the tree to making our annual “too much sugar” decorated cookies and from singing carols to watching our favorite holiday movies. I even enjoy watching them circle every single item in the Toys ‘R Us catalog. It’s a tradition I fondly remember from growing up. Although I normally would balk at the commercialism and try to use the teachable moment to give a lesson in moderation, I hold myself back. I know I only have a small window of time to watch my kids enjoy the pure wonder of the season. I can’t spoil it for them.
Even so, I also want them to understand the true meaning of the holiday we celebrate. And to remember the important virtue of kindness. So when I stumbled upon this idea on Pinterest, I knew it was something I wanted to try with my 9-year-old daughter. It was a calendar called “Random Acts of Christmas Kindness.” The sample calendar was filled but I wanted my daughter to create her own. So I found a blank calendar template, printed it out, gave her a sheet with 100 ideas, and let her choose the ones she’s like to do. And I’ve decided to join her and do my own acts of kindness. Each night, we’ll share what we did that day and mark off our calendars as we approach Christmas.
Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness for Kids
Here are a few of her ideas and others we found that maybe you want to use with your children.
- Compliment a friend.
- Read a book to my brother (or sister, or grandparent).
- Teach mom something new.
- Write a poem for my friend.
- Tell mom how much I love her.
- Clean up the toys in the toy room.
- Hold the door for a family.
- Tell a joke to someone.
- Make my brother’s (sister’s, parent’s) bed.
- Bring flowers to my teacher.
- Get extra school supplies for my teacher.
- Make a homemade gift for my mom/grandmother/etc.
- Feed our new puppy a special treat.
- Return someone’s cart at the store.
- Leave a letter or drawing in a library book.
- Call your grandparents and ask them about their childhood or holiday traditions.
- Tell someone why they are special to you.
- Talk to someone new at school or someone not in your friend circle.
- Donate toys or hats/mittens/socks to a local charity.
- Say “hello” to everyone you see.
- Invite someone to play on the playground or at recess.
- Tell the principal about a teacher you think is great.
- Fill a kindness jar with candy for a neighbor or another family.
- Help make dinner.
- Clean up room or make bed without being asked.
- Give someone a hug coupon.
- Make a thank you card for librarian/bus driver/mail carrier/police officer/firefighter/etc.
- Make playdough for a preschool class.
- Leave happy notes around town or on car windows at shopping center or grocery store.
- Make and leave kindness stones at a playground or park.
- Donate outgrown clothes.
- Let someone go ahead of you in line.
- Share a special toy with a friend.
- Smile at everyone – it’s contagious!
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