Ideas for Teaching Kindness to Children

After receiving a lot of gifts for Christmas, my son went on a kick about drawing elves and displaying them all over the house, so we would remember who brought him his gifts. Then yesterday he asked me to help him spell out a thank you letter to Santa and mostly to all the elves "who are the real workers in the story". Hand over the tissue because my eyes still water over this! I finally feel like I did something really right here.

There are many ways to teach kindness. I suppose suggesting to write a thank you letter if my son hadn't thought of it would have been a good place to start. The obvious is that modelling such behavior is the best and first thing we as parents should do if we want to see it in our children. Volunteering is also a beautiful way to give thanks and keep relativity alive.

A few ideas I came across on the web:

Rainbows within reach suggests creating a ribbon wreath (shown above)
Kids Activity Blog shares their kindness jar project
Kindergarten & Preschool for Parents and Teachers has a good post and printables for another type of kindness jar, I particularly enjoyed reading that her daughter helps to cook the food her babysitter brings to feed the homeless. A good way to involve kids in volunteering since there are not many ways for them to physically volunteer for charities.

Do you have ideas, crafts, projects, activities you do as a family to promote kindness?

(Image: Rainbows Within Reach)

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