Of course, we always try to be kind and encourage children to do the same, but this week we’re paying extra attention to acts of kindness and looking at ideas for children to help others.
Children are naturally compassionate and this is a great opportunity to teach them more about ways they can show kindness and the positive impact that has on others.
Here are 20 great acts of kindness ideas for kids
Talk to someone new at school Sort through old toys/books and pick some out to donate to the local charity shop or hospital Read a book to someone Invite someone new to play with your group of friends Help with some age appropriate household chores at home without being asked Write a poem/letter to a friend explaining why you like them Hold the door open for someone Tell a joke Give a friend a compliment Write a random thank you note to someone you appreciate Paint a picture for someone special Start a piggy bank for a good cause Bake someone a cake Make a bird-feeder Make a bug hotel Play with a pet Collect food for the local food bank Pick up the litter in your local park Call your grandparents/elderly relatives you don’t often see Smile! It couldn’t be easier - and happiness is contagious...
And for some added inspiration, here are some inspiring kindness quotes to share with your kids
"Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver." -Barbara de Angelis
"A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees." -Amelia Earhart
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Desmond Tutu
So hopefully this will help you to inspire your children to perform some random acts of kindness this week and keep helping others throughout the year.