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The Joy of Giving || 12 Random Acts of Kindness Kids Can Do

This post is sponsored by Zonderkidz. All opinions are my own.

When it comes to young kids, learning the concept of giving and not taking can be difficult at first. It’s not really until about the age of 5 and 6 that they can really understand empathy and are able to put themselves into others’ shoes to really feel what someone else can be feeling. I started seeing that with my own kids, that once my girls reached the age of 5, they began asking questions about things they saw and began to understand what homelessness or poverty was and how someone in that situation may feel.

Books are a great way to start these types of conversations and can help young children understand what it means to be compassionate. One of our favorite books to read right now is The Berenstain Bears and The Joy of Giving. In the book, Brother and Sister Bear can’t wait for Christmas and all the presents they’ll open. But during the Christmas Eve pageant, something special happens! The Bear cubs learn a very valuable lesson about the joy of giving to others.

Teaching kids to be compassionate and giving starts early. That’s why I try to show them little acts of kindness they can do at anytime. Ever since my girls started school they have loved giving little surprises to their teachers to show our appreciation for just how amazing they have been. They also love giving out little surprises to their friends in class. This year we are taking it a step farther and we are taking some sweet treats to our local fire department. The girls are also going to be making some Christmas cards. We have a lot of other things on our Random Acts of Kindness to-do list and you can find it below.

12 Random Acts of Kindness Kids Can Do

  1. Make homemade “just because” gifts for friends and family

  2. Collect cans for a food bank

  3. Give an unexpected gift

  4. Deliver a sweet treat to your local fire station

  5. Donate books or coloring supplies to a children’s hospital

  6. Donate items to a Charity

  7. Help out the elderly

  8. Participate with a Giving Tree

  9. Make care packs for the homeless

  10. Donate dog food to an animal shelter

  11. Leave flowers at a nursing home

  12. Walk dogs at an animal shelter

What are some things that you would add to your list?

The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving By Jan & Mike Berenstain is in stores now and is recommended for ages 3-8. It’s a timeless story with the classic Berenstain Bears characters, and perfect to read at the holidays. Get your own copy here.

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1 Comment

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    James McAllister
    January 2, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Hi Melanie, what a wonderful topic for a post!

    There are few better values we can teach our children than empathy, selflessness, and compassion. I feel so fortunate that my parents instilled these in me when I was a child myself, I truly believe things like these shape who you are and carry with you the rest of your life.

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