Learning to be kind is something that we can teach children through a variety of kindness activities. We can perform acts of kindness with our young children, do random acts of kindness for both friends and strangers, and even celebrate those kind gestures through crafts.
12 Kindness Activities for Kids of All Ages
Most of what we teach our children begins with us, as adults, and how we treat others around us. As a parent, I often wonder if I am modeling kindness and a grateful heart? When my kids look at me – do they see a kind heart? Am I modeling kindness towards my spouse and family members at all times?
These self questionings and reflections help me regroup from any negative feelings or bad mood I’m in and get out of a funk in a jiffy. Focusing on kindness and compassion helps me to bring sunshine into my own life as well as the lives of others.
So how do I raise a kind hearted kid?
What activities can I do with my children to model and teach gratitude?
This month, it all started with a few books that Lee and Low sent to us:
Lend a Hand: Poems About Giving
Gracias ~ Thanks
Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
I LOVE that they helped my kids see what kindness and gratitude looks like for other children. Too often, they may not see all the good there is in the world. Kindness makes a difference, but it is not always as “media worthy,” as all the negativity.
Although my family is very generous in nature to begin with, this collection of books really inspired my children to do more. We made a list of things that we could do to show kindness towards others.
Images reprinted with permission from Lee and Low Press.
Donate the ones in great shape to a family in need, shelter for children, or church that collects items for families.
We made a giving tree. Because my children a young (2, 5, and 8 years old) I want to give them choices. This gives them ownership over how they can be kind to others while providing them with age-appropriate ideas.
For more Kindness Activities you may enjoy these 7 Songs for Teaching Kindness or read these heartwarming Kindness Books for Kids.
If you’re looking for more activities focused on Kindness this holiday seasons, you may enjoy our Kindness Elves Printable Activity Cards.
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