It’s no surprise that kids get really excited this time of year at the thought of all the possible gifts that might be coming their way. Kids have been doing it for generations, and we can easily recall how exciting it was to be a kid during the holidays. It might slip our minds sometimes, but kids also LOVE to give gifts! Just as it is with adults, seeing a parent, sibling, grandparent, or even a stranger smile about something you gave them makes kids get that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from doing something nice for someone. Today, we’re sharing 5 fun ways to get kids into the spirit of giving, and we’re sure once they start, you’re going to have a hard time stopping them. Kids are naturally little elves!
Host a Family Bake-A-Thon.
Make a bunch of cookies together as a family. Even the littlest ones can help with something! Make a list of all the people you could give them to: neighbors, babysitters, the mailman, and even the school bus driver. Deliver them as a family and make it a new tradition. Let people know you appreciate the things they do with a nearly universally loved gift – cookies!
Volunteer Together as a Family.
Kids benefit from seeing that people live different ways, and it’s also good for them to learn that not all gifts have to be wrapped to be worthwhile. Just giving your time and helping out can be a wonderful gift! There are so many places you could do this: a food bank, homeless shelter, toy drive, delivering meals to the needy, and helping clean up litter at a local park are all activities that will show your kids that a little kindness means a lot.
Look through charities online and have your child pick which one they’d like to donate to. This is a great way for them to decide which social causes, environmental issues, or any other humanitarian project they feel is most important to them. If you don’t want to donate money, there are easy ways to donate in other ways. Have your child pick clothes, toys, games, and even blankets that they would like to give to another child in need.
Practice Random Acts of Kindness.
Surprise strangers and make them smile! You and your kids can brainstorm about this, but here are a few ideas to get you started: Leave change in the candy or gumball machine. Tape change to a few parking meters. Help someone put their groceries in their car. Send dessert to another family at a restaurant. Pay for the order behind you at a drive-in restaurant. Unexpected acts of kindness are not only fun, they usually have a ripple effect inspiring more people to partake in the goodness!
Have a Craft-A-Thon.
Making gifts for others really pushes kids to think of all the people they love and what would make that person smile. Uncle Bill loves trucks? A truck ornament it is! Auntie Renee is crazy about cats? One fat cat refrigerator magnet coming right up! The time spent working on the gifts is also awesome family time and another wholesome family tradition. Here are more craft ideas: