“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” – Dale Evans
Teaching kids kindness and gratitude is so important for their own wellbeing as it becomes a pillar of their future mental health.
Festive month always gives the best chance to talk about kindness and to learn the joy of giving.
For this festive period, we came up with a simple list of acts of kindness that every child can do with or without your assistance.
1. Donate Old Toys
Your local nursery, charity bags for collection, local church and local charity shops – they all look forward to the toys people donate.
2. Help someone who is younger
Whatever is the age of your little one, there is always a chance to help a younger toddler to hold a water bottle, to make a post card, to change clothes…
3. Make a Christmas wreath
Use the ideas from our Pinterest board to inspire you this year.
4. Read a book about Christmas to someone or make up a story
Making a story is real family fun. Encourage your child’s imagination to run wild and make up a storyline or let them read their favourite chapter of a book to you or younger siblings. All that is kind and creative will count here.
5. Make a Secret Santa gift
Giving gifts is a special pleasure, especially if it is a Secret one.
6. Send a post card to grandparents or a senior neighbour
Need ideas for DIY festive card for kids to do? Take a peek at our Pinterest board
Time flies so quickly when you’re raising your kids, but for some people Christmas brings the long-awaited moment of receiving attention from their grandchildren.
7. Bake a cake or gingerbread and share it with friends
Have a look at our recipes here
8. Sign Christmas cards to teachers/nannies
Your little one can’t write yet, let him leave a fingerprint on the postcard or draw a little picture on. Get inspired by our collection of DIY Festive Cards.
9. Make a homemade Xmas Tree decoration
Need ideas for Xmas crafts? Have a look at our Pinterest board.
10. Take family pictures at Xmas
Teach your children to use smartphones for a good purpose: take pictures (make memories) or use a time tracker (for dressing up or tidying up quickly). For more ideas on how to use a mobile device for off-line games peek at our post.
11. Give morning hugs to the family members
This is our family’s favourite thing. With busy life running from day to day, nothing beats morning hugs from our little ones.
12. Make a list of Acts of Kindness and Resolutions for the year to come
Visit a local pet house, donate clothes and toys, learn to rise a bicycle, visit a grandparent, learn to sew… what are your children’s wishes to come true next year?
Please join our Kids’ Christmas Challenge and share your ideas on Acts of Kindness your children are making this Christmas time.