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!
- Create 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.
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.
So, 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.