Summer Kindness Activities for Kids

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Summer Kindness Activities for Kids

Post written by Shannon Maree Teaching

Kindness Activities for Upper Elementary Kids

Teaching our children about kindness is one of the most important things we can do. It's a powerful tool that helps kids navigate life and aids in empathy, problem-solving, appreciating diversity, and relationship skills. 

"Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change." 
-Bob Kerrey

Our children and students learn from example. So whether you point out acts of kindness in the stories you read or they watch you model kindness by dropping off groceries for your neighbor, they are soaking it in. 

Hands-on kindness activities that involve the child themselves are especially impactful and make it fun for them (and you). Watching a child's face light up when they realize they made someone else happy is nothing short of magical. 

If you're looking to involve your kids in kindness activities here are 10 great ideas to get you started this summer. 

1. Leave encouraging chalk messages on the sidewalk or playground. 

2. Go through your clothes and toys, pick some items that you no longer use to donate. Add a positive note in the pocket or taped to the toy.

3. Bake dog treats for a local animal shelter - Click here for the recipe!

4. Pick flowers from the garden or yard and take them to a neighbor.

5. Make your own bubbles, then share them with nearby friends by dropping them off at their house.

6. Make kindness rocks. Paint or use permanent markers to write or draw an inspiring message on rocks. Then hide them around your community for others to find. 

Make a homemade gift for someone: Painting/craft, sewing project, jewelry, Play-Doh hearts (dried/painted), decorate mugs or canvas bags, bookmarks, recipes in a jar, etc!

8. Offer to help your family or neighbors around the house or outside in the yard. 

9. Think of local helpers and write them a thank you note, send some cookies with your note if you like to bake!

10. Make a kindness rainbow. Have kids draw or use construction paper to create a rainbow. Write a friend or family member’s name on each color. Think of something that would show kindness for each name on the rainbow. Then, complete the act of kindness by the end of the week!

Looking for other ways to teach social-emotional skills to your upper-elementary students or children? Check out this blog post for at-home and distance learning ideas!

"Kindness is the best nourishment for humanity." 


by Shannon Maree Teaching

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