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11 Activities to Teach your Kids About Kindness

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It’s so important to teach kids about kindness, and it doesn’t have to be boring and lame. Use one of these activities to make learning about kindness fun. 

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Hi, I’m Charlie!

Kindness can go a long way, especially in today’s society. There is so much confusion out there about who to follow, what to believe, and what is truth? But kindness is something you can always count on. No matter what, being kind is always the right answer. 

Everyone deserves kindness. We never know what someone is going through, or what kind of day they have had. Teaching kids about kindness at a young age is so important. It can become ingrained in them so that it becomes a part of their everyday living. 

It definitely takes effort and consistency to teach kids kindness. And it is completely natural for a kid to only see what they want and what would benefit them. It’s good to take opportunities to show kids how to think outside of themselves and be kind. 

Create opportunities to teach your kids about kindness through different activities. Here are eleven different activities to create kindness in your home. 

11 Activities to Teach Your Kids About Kindness

1) Paper chain of kindness

There are two ways to make a kindness chain. First, you could have your kids think of at least one kind thing to do everyday, then they write that down on a slip of paper and tape it to the paper chain. Set a goal to make the paper chain a certain length. 

You could also do it by making the paper chain in advance with all the kindness acts written on each slip of the chain and then have them cut it down once they’ve completed it. You can watch as the chain shrinks. 

2) Donate toys and books to teach kids about kindness

One thing we like to do every year is donate some of our books and toys to kids who need them. We collect so many toys throughout the year, so doing a toy cleanse is good for us and others. My kids love picking out which toys they are going to give away. I feel like this also makes them less materialistic knowing they don’t have to hold on to everything. 

We either donate to goodwill, a toy drive, book drive, free book libraries, children we know are in need, or other drives that might be happening around Christmas time in our area. If possible, let them give the toys away to the kids so they can be part of the giving. (because that’s the best part). 

3) Service activities/projects 

Make it a point to do service projects or activities often. They’re a great way to teach kids about kindness! We try hard to create a service project once a month.

We try to make it ones that they can participate in like handing out balloons in front of a grocery store, baking cookies for our next door neighbor, doing yard work for an elderly person, or volunteering at the food bank (if your kids are old enough). 

4) Kindness calendar to teach kids about kindness

Create a kindness calendar to teach your kids for the month or week. You could do this several ways. One way would be to pick one month out of the year to focus on kindness. Sit down together as a family and write down all the kind acts you want to do that month and then plan it out. Write a kind act on each day of that month. 

Another way would be to focus on one kindness act a week for each week of the year. It could be as simple as smiling or saying hi to a new friend. You could plan them out at the start of each week or month, or even at the start of each year. Display your calendar in a place where everyone can see and be reminded. 

5) Kindness Scavenger Hunt

Create a kindness scavenger hunt and make it an evening activity – this is a great way to teach kids about kindness! You could also make it a regular monthly activity.

Write down at least 10 kind acts and then go to a mall or park and see if you can do all the acts. Cross them off as you do them.

You could also try to catch other people doing kind acts and thank them for being kind. It’s good for kids to see that there is still kindness in the world. 

Like scavenger hunts? Give this neighbornood sidewalk chalk scavenger hunt a try!

6) Kindness Painting Rocks

One of our favorite things to do in our family is rock painting. It is so fun and relaxing. Then after we’ve painted them, we like to place them on the walking trail behind our house for everyone to enjoy.

Have you ever been walking down a trail and found a painted rock? Doesn’t it just brighten your day? We love it. You could write down inspiring messages or create a fun design. 

Another fun place for painted rocks is your vegetable garden!

7) Paint Messages

This one kind of goes hand in hand with painting rocks, but you could paint inspiring words or pictures on the sidewalk or road using sidewalk paint. It’s a great way to inspire others, or make someone’s day, and it’s super simple. 

11 Activities to Teach your Kids About Kindness

8) Heart Attack

Heart attack someone by cutting out a bunch of hearts and writing messages or drawing pictures on them and then taping them to someone’s front door (secretly).

You could also put them on their porch, car, or in their front lawn. This makes a great Valentine’s day activity, and you could include these cute Valentine’s Day cookies.

9) Random acts of kindness jar

Keep a jar in your home, somewhere that is convenient for everyone, that has different and random acts of kindness in it. Choose to pull one out to do once a month, week, or whenever the kids are fighting and need to perform a kindness act.

It also serves as a great reminder to be kind. 

10) Friendship Flowers to teach kids about kindness

Create a friendship flower by making a paper flower, writing a person’s name in the middle, and then writing all their great qualities and traits on the petals. Then, give the flower to that person either secretly or randomly.

This is a simple way to brighten someone’s day and show them that you care.  It’s also a great way to teach kids about kindness!

11) Books about kindness

Buy several books about kindness and read them regularly in your home. This is great for little kids because they can hear it over and over again. They may not be able to participate in all the activities, but reading about it all the time is good. 

Here are some of the best books about kindness:

37 Deeds Kids Can Do to Teach Them About Kindness

I included a lot of activities here that contain a bunch of little kindness acts. If you need some ideas for kind deeds, so you can write on your paper slips or calendar, here is a list of kind deeds kids can do (ages varying):

  • Smile
  • Say hi
  • Color a picture
  • Write a note
  • Do a chore for a sibling
  • Clean without being asked
  • Watch a younger sibling for free
  • Make goodies
  • Hold the door open
  • See someone who might need help and offer to help them
  • Feed the birds
  • Return someone’s cart at the grocery store
  • Sing a song at a nursing home
  • Say thank you to a police officer, fireman, or mail man
  • Give water to your mail man
  • Leave pennies heads up on the sidewalk
  • Give a high five
  • Pick up litter
  • Give someone (a stranger) a compliment
  • Pass out balloons at a grocery store
  • Pass out stickers
  • Leave a gift on someone’s doorstep 
  • Donate something
  • Give someone a hug
  • Tell someone how great they are
  • Help someone unload their groceries
  • Call a friend or family member
  • Play with dogs at a shelter (or any animal)
  • Volunteer somewhere
  • Make a kindness poster to hang up in your home
  • Send someone a positive text
  • Leave a note on someone’s car
  • Write down 10 things you’re grateful for
  • Pray for someone
  • Babysit for Free
  • Hold up positive signs on the side of the street
  • Leave a box of goodies in the mailbox

The possibilities are endless. There are so many kind things to do for people, and it doesn’t have to be very big. It’s the little things that make all the difference. I believe that if everyone teaches their kids to be kind, then the world will be a better place! 

What kindness act will you do today?

About the Author

11 Activities to Teach your Kids About Kindness

My name is Charlie Alexander and I blog over at Paper Scissors Craft about Cheap and Easy Kids and Toddler’s Craft and Activities. I love to help other moms create activities for their kids that don’t take weeks of planning or a giant toolbox. I have two little ones at home and we love having all kinds of adventures. And I love spending time with family, exercising, baking cakes, and anything crafty. 

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8 comments

Esther September 7, 2020 - 7:39 am

It’s so important to teach children by example and people don’t do it enough. These are excellent practical ways to teach valuable lessons of kindess to others. Love the jar idea!

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Candace Chantell September 7, 2020 - 8:44 am

I love these ideas! I believe Kindness is an important fruit to offer our children! I look forward to adding these to our family! Thank you!!

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LaRena September 8, 2020 - 10:12 pm

It is so important to teach our children kindness. These are great ideas.

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Samantha Laycock September 9, 2020 - 12:20 pm

I remember one year we did a random act of kindness advent calendar. My kids loved it so much. It included leaving candy canes on cars at the store, baking cupcakes for urgent care near our home and so much more. Love this post.

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Roy A Ackerman, PhD, EA September 9, 2020 - 1:40 pm

Interesting choices. We used to volunteer at a homeless shelter and deliver food for those that couldn’t get around.
The scavenger hunt idea was intriguing.

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hari September 10, 2020 - 5:43 am

these are truly creative ways to teach kindness to kids.
especially I love the donating toys and making kids do service projects tips.
you’ve done a fantastic job with this post Charlie!

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Kim September 10, 2020 - 11:43 am

This is a wonderful post. I have painted rocks with my daughter and left them around town as well as brought sweets over to a neighbors house. But I think after reading your suggestions, Heart Attack is my new favorite!

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Bibi September 10, 2020 - 1:28 pm

These are great activities to do with your child to teach them kindness. I especially love the donate your toys idea. I got my daughter to choose some toys she no longer wants to play with and we donated them together. She was so happy at the thought of another child getting to play with her toys.

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