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15 Kindness Activities For Children

Kindness is the most important social skill that we can teach our kids. It is a skill that will help them succeed in school, at work, and in life. Teaching our kids to be kind to themselves and others is the best gift we can give them.

There are many ways to teach kindness. One of the most practical methods is through kindness activities. These activities help kids practice being kind and show them how rewarding it feels to be kind to others. The following 15 kindness activities for children to practice being kind in their day to day lives:

15 Kindness Activities For Children

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1. Write A Thank You Letter

Encourage your child to write a letter to someone who has been kind to them, thanking them for their kindness.

Thank you letters are a great way to teach children the importance of kindness. When we show appreciation for something, it makes us and the recipient feel good. It also helps children see that they can have an impact on someone else's day.

2. Write a Letter To Someone Who Has Hurt Them

Encourage your child to write a letter to someone who has hurt them, telling them how they feel about what happened and why it was wrong. This is a great exercise for your child to express their feelings in a kind way. Writing down feelings can also help your child let go of the negative feelings. On the other side, it might be that the other person didn't realise how much they hurt your child's feelings. This can also teach both sides how to communicate in a healthy way.

3. Kindness Cards

From a collection of either purchased or created Kindness Cards. Your child is given a card with an act of kindness written on it, this can be a game to play at home or at school. The cards can contain kindness acts such as smile at a person who is on their own or make someone a picture or fill up someone's drink bottle.

4. Smile At A Stranger

This is an easy activity that can be done anywhere. All you need to do is smile at a stranger and see what happens. It might seem like nothing but it's actually really powerful because it can make someone's day and brighten up their day. Especially elderly people who may or may not live by themselves. I have seen just how much it can make their day!

5. Give Away A Toy

Giving away one of your toys might seem like a lot of fun, but it can also teach kids about how lucky they are and how much they have to share with others who don't have as much as them.

6. Help Someone Cross The Street

This one seems like an easy task, but there are people who actually don't know how to cross the street. Helping someone cross the street is an easy way to change someone's day and see their smile.

7. Play A Game

Play games where they have the opportunity to take turns and share with others. This can be challenging for younger children, especially if they are only child. When it comes to taking turns and winning and losing, this is a great activity for children to learn kindness and other important life lessons.

8. Play Games And Involve Others.

Play games where they have the opportunity for everyone involved (even those not playing at the moment) to share their feelings about what is happening in the game. Games like Monopoly and Chess can be great to play but also observe. You can really tell what kind of character a person is by watching them play a game.

9. Lost Item Search Game

This activity is designed to foster kindness and generosity in the workplace. It can also be used as a team-building exercise. Participants are given a list of 10 items that they need to find and bring back to the meeting room. They will then take turns talking about what they found, where they found it, how it made them feel, and why it was important for them to keep on looking for the item. The items on the list can be anything from a pen, pencil, or eraser to an apple or banana.

10. Surprise Jar Game

Play The Surprise Jar Game. This is a kind jar. It is a jar full of surprises. You can put all kinds of things in it that might make someone else happy - like a note, or a pencil. You can even put in something that you want to give to yourself! A surprise jar is something that you can fill with random items and then give to someone as a surprise gift. It's an easy way for people to show each other kindness and spread happiness around the world!

11. Help Around The House

Offer your child the opportunity to help you with tasks around the house like watering plants, filling bird feeders, or cleaning up after dinner so they can learn that having responsibilities can have its rewards too!

12. Pick Up Rubbish

This one may seem like a chore, but it's really not. Most people throw away their trash without thinking about the consequences of doing so. This activity is really a kind activity for the planet and the neighborhood. Just picking up a couple of pieces on a regular basis can help you feel you have done a good thing but also make your suburb look better.

13. Let Someone In Line

Discuss with your child and let someone go in front of you at the grocery store or another line. I have never seen this in Coles or Woolworths (it may happen)  but I see and do this regularly at Aldi, and you know what it is kindness but it also makes you feel great. This is another way to show your child how to be kind, and that it is ok to be kind to others.

14. Busker's Bucket

We don't really get a lot of entertainers in our suburb busking. However, when we do my kids are always asking us to give them money. I know some do not want to encourage them etc but this is another activity that can show kids how to be kind. You never know if that person is down to their last dollar...

15. Bedtime Kisses

Encourage kids to give their parents or caregivers a nice kiss before they go to sleep. Parents and caregivers should never miss an opportunity to give their kids a goodnight kiss. This is a great way to build trust, love, and security in the relationship between the parent and child. A nice kiss before bedtime can make all the difference in how your child sleeps. It also helps them associate positive emotions such as kindness with sleep time.

Conclusion

There are many activities that you can do with children to teach them kindness. Some of these include teaching them to be grateful, appreciating their own uniqueness, and helping others. Children are naturally kind and compassionate beings. They go out of their way to help others, even if it means sacrificing something that they need for themselves. They are also natural helpers, which is why it is important to give them opportunities to be kind. This will help them to develop these skills at an early age and hopefully, they will grow up to be loving kind adults.

Have fun in your self-healing journey!

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