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Teaching Kids to Give Back: Crafts with Kindness

Teaching Kids to Give Back: Crafts with Kindness

I am trying very hard to raise a child who is compassionate and socially responsible. But, I am challenged with how to do this in a meaningful way. Yes, we talk about being kind to others, being good stewards of the earth, taking care of the animals, etc. I want to take it to the next level, but haven’t found the time to do much volunteering so that I can set an example, and working together on raising money for any given cause hasn’t seemed to really be very meaningful to my 7 ½ year old daughter. So, I’m really excited to get my Crafts with Kindness kit in the mail in November. Crafts with Kindness is a project I’ve been privileged to be involved with at work, and I’m so excited to see it come to life. I love the fact that I’ll be able to do a service project with my child, but won’t have to come up with the ideas or who it will benefit. I won’t have to dig through my craft supplies or go to the store. The box of supplies will be sent right to my door. Here are the activities in the box:

Crafts with Kindness: What’s in the Box?

  • Decorate a mailbox. My daughter is going to love adding a mailbox to her collection of toys!
  • crafts with kindnessCreate cards and send them to children with life-threatening illnesses. We have a friend with a daughter who has cystic fibrosis. I’ve never really talked to my daughter about it – this is going to be a perfect way to open up the conversation.
  • Decorate a bakery box, bake some muffins, and deliver them to someone we care about. What’s not to love about that?!?
  • The Giant Hug is such a cute book – I’m excited to have our own copy. I don’t know how long we’ll read it (my daughter seems to be into longer books these days!), but it will give us another opportunity to give back – we’ll donate it to our local library when we are done with it.
  • And, I think the reflection question and ideas on how to go further are going to be invaluable.

Valentine's Day card making at Pottery Barn Kids

Between the fun crafts, the opportunity to make cards for a child with a serious illness, and the chance to bake muffins for our neighbors, I know this is going to create an incredibly meaningful experience for my daughter and for our family. I may even use some of the ideas to keep the kids busy during our family Thanksgiving celebration this year. And, it feels good to spend money on a kit like this that also benefits two great organizations – Big Hearted Families and the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children.

Crafts with Kindness KitSo, this may be overkill, but I ordered two kits this morning. One for my daughter, and one for my cousin’s daughter – it’s going to make a great gift! If you’re interested, you can get more information about Crafts with Kindness and purchase a kit here.

By the way, be sure to check out Big Hearted Families’ website and Pinterest page. They have a ton of great activity ideas you can do on your own.


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