February 14th through 20th is Random Acts of Kindness Week, a week dedicated to spreading kindness to the world. Since kindness is so important in building a fulfilling life and a strong community, learning kindness at a young age is elemental to growing up. Teach kids kindness through these fun and educational activities and crafts that will inspire them to be kind not only to strangers and loved ones but to themselves, as well. Happy Random Acts of Kindness Week, everyone!
Spin the circle of kindness and see where your kindness will strike next. This craft from Crayola inspires children to give to those who are closest to them, including themselves. Children will learn that kindness is universal and important in every relationship.
Seen on playgrounds and buses for quite some time, cootie catchers, also known as fortune tellers, have been around for years. Turn a typical fortune teller into a kindness craft with acts of kindness written under each flap, like "give a friend a compliment," share a toy," or "let a friend go first." This project from Coffee Cups and Crayons is interactive and inspiring.
If your kids love making handmade cards, then this kindness card craft from Design Dazzle is perfect for them. With cardstock, ribbon, and some tape, kids can make this flower card and enclose money, gift cards, or encouraging notes to hand out. This project teaches young minds to craft and give kindly.
It's always fun to receive postcards from faraway friends in faraway places, but the kids can distribute them to the community for a local but deeply-genuine dose of kindness. The tutorial from Growing Book by Book explains that even a simple message such as "have a great day" is a perfectly-reachable sort of kindness to be appreciated by anyone.
Have the kids compliment their classmates or siblings with this awesome pat-on-the-back craft from the Handy School Counselor. Cut out hand-shaped pieces of construction, write each kid's name on the palm, and tape the hands to their backs. Then, each child goes around and writes a kind word that describes the named person on each finger. This interactive activity will teach the kids to develop and practice kindness with their peers.