“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” – Aesop
Just as no act of kindness is ever too small, no child is ever too young to show kindness to others. A simple act of saying “please” or “thank you” shows kindness and respect to others.
It is easy to help children learn to practice acts of kindness. We don’t have to spend a lot of money or time to let someone know they are important. As parents we should demonstrate these behaviors and help our children understand what a positive impact they can make by taking just a few moments to recognize and help someone else.
Here are a few of our favorite Random Acts of Kindness ideas for kids:
If your children aren’t sure what a Random Act of Kindness is, share these ideas as a starting point:
Clean out your toy box and give toys and books to children in need.
Write a “Thank you” note or “I Love You” note to a relative with a picture you’ve drawn for them.
Tell your parents you love them and give them a hug.
Be an example of good manners. Say “please” and “thank you” often.
Compliment others for their accomplishments or hard work. Look for the good in others.
Collect and donate dolls, stuffed animals, board games, puzzles, coats, gloves, hats, and clothes for a homeless shelter.
Be a friend to someone who needs a friend.
Take your neighbor a plate of cookies or muffins you make yourself.
On trash day, take your neighbor’s trash can to the curb for them.
Clean your room without being asked.
When you meet someone new, take the initiative greet them by saying “Hello, it is nice to meet you.”
Help other family members with their chores.
Make a pinecone bird feeder to hang outdoors. Smear it with peanut butter then roll in birdseed.
Open the door for someone when you are out in public.
Ask your parents what you can do to help them.
Let someone go in front of you in line.
Make a homemade card to send to a friend on their birthday.
Draw a picture for someone at the nursing home.
Return a shopping cart.
Pick up trash in your neighborhood.
Send a card or letter to a relative you have not seen in a while.
Volunteer at a community organization that needs help.
Write a thank you note to someone who has influenced your life in a positive way.
Offer to take you neighbor’s dog for a walk.
Take cookies to a fire station to thank the fire fighters for their hard work.
Smile! Smiling is easy and happiness is contagious!
Simple Craft Project
These fun and easy craft projects will help your children collect even more ideas for showing kindness.
- Stickers/ribbon for decorations
Decorate the outside of the jar to make it special.
Write Random Acts of Kindness ideas on small pieces of paper. Store your RAK ideas inside the jar and select one each day as inspiration
- Small decorative bucket
- Ribbon or clothes pins
- Scissors/Hole Punch
Write Random Acts of Kindness ideas on small pieces of paper or tags.
Attach the tags to the outside of the bucket with ribbon or clothes pins.
After you complete a Random Act of Kindness (as listed on a tag), place the tag inside of the bucket to show how you are “filling the bucket” and sharing kindness with others.
Books for More Ideas and Inspiration
There are many ways to help your children understand the importance of showing kindness to others. These are some of our favorite books to help share this message:
The Berenstain Bears: Kindness Counts – Valuable lessons about sharing and kindness from the Berentstain Bears.
How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids – Help children understand how being kinds helps everyone.
Horton Hears a Who! – It is important to help others because “a person is a person, not matter how small!”
A Little Princess – Sara teaches the importance of giving to others, even when you have very little to give.
Etiquette for Beginners – Use songs, stories, games, crafts, and more to teach basic etiquette skills to young children.