Kindness Ideas For Kids?
--by twiceblessed, posted Dec 5, 2007
- Free Car Wash: I saw this story for a 10th birthday and it seems like a grand time!
- Miles of Smiles: stand on busy street intersections with "smile" posters. Non-stop fun. :)
- Clean-up Public Places: help clean a beach or a local park, adopt a highway. Extra credit if you can take some of that waste and create a public art piece (see garden-art from trash).
- Balloon stand: hand out free balloons with smiley-art on the balloons and perhaps even on your faces. :)
- Plant trees: visit Arbor Day Foundation -- "We inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees" -- to find local organizations that can help you plant. You could also volunteer to help out with a community garden -- small plots of land, farmed collectively.
- Lemonade stand: a gift-economy lemonade stand that has a role for people of all ages! (On a related note, Stopping at Every Lemonade Stand is a great book that talks about lemonade stands as an investment in the next-generation's civic engagement and leadership).
- Volunteer to mow your neighbor's lawn and clean up their yards. Picking flowers from their gardens, you can flower arrangements that can be anonymously dropped off on various doorsteps.
- Creatively share stories of inspiring kids. Watch videos of inspiring kids like 6-year-old Ryan who started an entire movement of bringing clean water to African villages.
- Collect unused greeting cards from family and friends, decorate them with personalized "have-a-nice-day" messages and send it to random addresses from the white pages, or give to someone unexpected. Alternatively, you can make thank-you cards for the bus-drivers or other underappreciated public servants.
- Visit a local orphanage or a homeless shelter, and do some activities with them. You could also donate toys (some "old" and some favorites) to commemorate a birthday, or perhaps bake some brownies collectively and gift it to the group.
- Issue a challenge to all kids to visit a mall and make someone's day for under 5 bucks.
- Print out Smile-Stones poem, put smiley faces on some stones, put it in an envelope and hand them out to strangers in a public place. Or leave them on tables at a coffee shop. Depending on your budget, you can even hand out different things, like Raisinettes. :)
- Lots more ideas are online at helpothers.org/ideas.php
Another idea could be a free bake sale with smiley-art decorating the cookies and cakes.