Looking for some Acts of Kindness for Kids? Here are 75 simple ideas that can be done by kids young and old to help make the world just a little bit happier!
Wanted to pop in to talk about random acts of kindness for kids. A couple of weeks ago, I shared the photo above on Instagram with the following caption:
Lately after swimming lessons we’ve been passing a lady on the corner with a cardboard sign. A few weeks ago Squish asked what it said so I told him, “Homeless. 2 kids. Need help”
We talked about how sometimes bad things happen and people need a little extra help. And about how lucky we are to have all that we do because there are a lot of people out there with less.
One of the biggest lessons I want to teach my kids is to always help when they’re able ❤️ whether it’s with their time, money or resources.
He seemed to understand but quickly moved on to another topic. This week we saw her again and totally unprompted, he said “Mom, we should get a snack for her and her kids.” And I couldn’t resist.
I recognize that there are people out there who hold signs like that as a scam. But in my heart I want to believe she’s a good person who just needs a little extra help right now.
So I turned around and we went into the store. He picked out some of his favorite crackers and I added granola bars and water and he marched across the parking lot and handed her the bag.
Talk to your kids. Have the hard conversations. Teach them to BE THE CHANGE. They’re listening.
In a world full of so much hate 💔 raise them to know the importance of being kind and helping others.
So here’s to hoping there’s a couple kids in my house learning this important lesson and a couple kids out there who are a little less hungry for the next few days.
Here’s the list I came up with-
75 Acts of Kindness for Kids
1) Pick up trash (this could be at a park, on the side of the road, in a store)
2) Send someone a card
3) Donate some old clothes or toys
4) Leave drinks for the garbage men (especially if it’s hot out!)
5) Leave cards for your neighbors on a walk
6) Pay for the person behind you in line
7) Leave a dollar in vending machine
8) Tell someone’s manager what a good job they are doing (maybe you had a great server at a restaurant or cashier at the grocery store)
9) Send a postcard to a friend (even if you’re not traveling, grab one for your fav local spot!)
10) Make meal or snack for mom or dad
11) Leave nice chalk messages on a walk (ie Have a great day! or Thanks for being a great neighbor!)
12) Make blessing bags for the homeless (fill a bag with a reuseable water bottle, socks, underwear, gloves, tooth brush and other hygiene items they might need)
13) Give a stranger a compliment
14) Invite someone to play with you (at school, at the park, for a playdate)
15) Leave crayons/ coloring book somewhere (the auto repair shop, the pharmacy, a cart at the grocery store)
16) Drop off food for firefighters or police officers
17) Make a fabric scrap blanket to donate (get a few scraps of fabric, make cuts along the edges and tie them together)
18) Make cards for sick kids at the hospital
19) Decorate a jar to save spare change to donate to charity
20) Bring your neighbor’s trash bins up driveway after trash day
21) Leave positive, empowering notes on the mirror in public bathrooms (You’ve got a great smile or you look fabulous in that color, etc)
22) Decorate a bookmark to leave in a library book before you return it
23) Bring allergy-friendly treats to a holiday gathering
24) Teach someone something new
25) Collect pop tabs for Ronald McDonald
26) Leave sand toys at park
27) Decorate hand sanitizer for nurses or teachers
28) Leave a note and flower on a windshield telling someone to have a great day
29) Bake cookies for someone
30) Hold the door for someone
31) Write a thank you note for a coach or teacher
32) Color pictures for nursing home residents
33) Hide a note in daddy’s wallet or mommy’s purse
34) Offer to take a pic of a mom and her kids
35) Record an “I love you video” for grandparents
36) Make playdough for friends
37) Bake muffins for your parent’s coworkers
38) Hide a new Hot Wheels car on the playground for a kid to find
39) Put away carts in the parking lot
40) Make birthday boxes for a food panty- include things like cake mix, frosting, balloons, candles
41) Support a local farmer (shop for some fruits and veggies at the farmers market)
42) Plant wildflower seeds by the side of the road, in a parking lot etc
43) Leave a jar of bubbles at the park for others to play with
44) Make sandwiches for the homeless
45) Leave pennies for Sandy or a quarter in the cart at Aldi
46) Let a parent sleep in
47) Take out the trash
48) Do something nice for your siblings
49) Paint “I love you” rocks or tokens
50) Hide a joke for someone to find
51) Tell someone what you love most about them
52) Donate old towels to an animal shelter
53) Donate old books
54) Leave snacks for the package delivery people
55) Spread holiday cheer for an upcoming holiday (mini pumpkins with happy faces on them, heart stickers, christmas ornaments)
56) Adopt a family for Xmas (Salvation Army, Angel tree etc)
57) Leave an envelope of coupons in a shopping cart
58) Make a homemade birthday present for someone
59) Turn a jar or can from recycling into vase and fill with flowers for someone
60) Buy someone a cactus or succulent
61) Make a card for the bus driver
62) Help do the laundry
63) Bake treats for a new neighbor
64) Make a busy box to leave at a restaurant (Get a lunchbox and fill with crayons, stickers, small toys and other things to entertain kids while waiting)
65) Mail a hug (Stretch your arms out wide and trace your hands, arms and head. Cut it out and fold it up to mail)
66) Park far away to leave closer spots for someone who needs them
67) Send a good luck card for back to school
68) Help rake leaves
69) Buy something locally made
70) Leave tennis balls at a dog park
71) Wash the car
72) Pick up toys without being asked
73) Ask someone how you can help them today
74) Draw a picture for a teacher
75) Read your sibling a book
I tried to keep these acts of kindness for kids pretty general but some of these are tailored slightly to our family, the time of year etc so feel free to adjust as needed. You could pick and choose from this list to make a smaller challenge if you wanted!
I wanted to turn our list into a book so we can bring us with it over the next couple of months and refer to it when we’re deciding which act of kindness to do. I also wanted to make it somewhat visual since my kids can’t read yet, so I found images that depict the acts to make it easier for Squish to identify the one he’s looking for or make a decision.
If you’re interested in that version, you can grab your free PDF copy below. To save paper, you can print 2 or 4 pages per page when you print it out and then just cut out all the pages and staple them into a book of 75 acts of kindness for kids! (Obnoxious amount of star stickers not included) Just enter your email below!