Every parent’s hope is that their child will grow up to be kind, selfless and giving. But how is this considerate nature developed within the heart of a child? By modeling these types of behaviors with your child early and often!
Your child can have a big impact on the world around them when they engage in simple acts of kindness. Taking the time to participate in community service with your child will inspire a spirit of altruism within them and empower them to know that they can make a real difference in their community.
Our amazing sponsors and educational experts at Kiddie Academy have developed five developmentally-appropriate activities that will inspire your child to give back to the community around them.
Here are five community service ideas you can do with your child.
1: Make no-bake dog treats to donate to animal shelters.
Encourage thoughtfulness and kindness in your child by making dog treats and donating them to your local animal shelter!
2: Decorate and donate pillowcases to local hospitals or rehab facilities.
Encourage kindness and generosity by having your child decorate pillowcases for children staying in the hospital.
You can tie dye the pillowcases, use fabric markers, or stamp shapes or designs with fabric paint. Each completed pillowcase should be washed and dried, and then placed in individual Ziploc bags.
3: Make bird houses/feeders for local birds
Encourage your child to give back to their community by making bird houses and feeders for local birds!
4: Give out homeless care kits.
Encourage compassion and kindness by helping your child donate to their community!
5: Send positive messages to groups such as local first responders, military, children in the hospital, shelters, nursing homes, or senior citizens.
Encourage your child to spread positivity by sending messages and well wishes to members of their community who need it most!
Learn more about how you can use Mindful Minutes like these every day to help children pause and enjoy the world around them.
Enter the Kids With Character Giveaway!
We are excited to partner with Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum to give away another amazing Xavier Riddle prize pack, including a t-shirt, beach towel, books, and more! To enter, comment on this Facebook post with some of your favorite ways to give back to your community.
All age groups are welcome to participate, and one winner will be picked at random and announced on Friday, December 17th! No purchase or consideration necessary, void where prohibited.