Random Acts of Kindness by Age (2-4, 5-7, 8-12, 13+)
It’s never too early to teach your kids to be kind. Random acts of kindness can be so meaningful and they can be a lot of fun. The excitement of planning something nice, the thrill of being sneaky in a good way and the joy of being spontaneous are memorable. There are so many ways that kids can give back, but here is a list of activities by age group that will help you get started.
Kids Aged 2-4
Little kids can do big things too! Just because they are tiny doesn’t mean they can’t make a big difference, by doing things like:
- Helping a younger sibling by teaching them how to play a new game
- Draw a picture for a parent or friend
- Put money from their piggy bank into a charitable collection
- Go through their toys and donate things they’ve outgrown to charity
- Give a phone call or make a card for someone who has been unwell
Kids Aged 5-7
They are getting bigger and that means the size of their impact can grow. Now that they aren’t so small, they can do things like:
- Read a book to a younger sibling or friend who can’t read yet
- Share a snack with a classmate
- Tidy up the classroom for their teacher
- Write a thank you note to someone who has been kind to them
- Push a smaller kid on the swingset
Kids Aged 8-12
They grow up so fast, but their impact can be lasting. Kids aged 8-12 can do things like:
- Run a lemonade stand or bake sale to raise money for charity
- Make breakfast in bed for mom or dad
- Visit a retirement home and spend time with someone who doesn’t normally get visitors
- Put together care packages to be handed out to the homeless
- Make a craft to give as a gift to someone they love
Kids Aged 13+
Teenagers can get a bad rap. Although they are in a time of heightened self-involvement, they are still capable of reaching out of themselves to help others in spectacular ways. Teens can do things like:
- Organize the clothes they don’t wear anymore & donate them.
- Shovel an elderly or handicapped neighbor’s driveway when it snows.
- Are they a gamer? Then play Games for Change and give back while playing.
- Hug your mother. (seriously hug your mother.)
How will your kids practice acts of kindness? We would love to hear your stories!