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World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day
Posted on November 15, 2016 by CHS

November 13th is World Kindness Day, hosted by the World Kindness Movement. It is a day to inspire individuals toward greater kindness and to create a kinder world.

With the holidays right around the corner, many of us think about kindness and the spirit of giving.  However, we don’t always see examples of kindness in society today. With an increase in school-age bullying, it is important to teach children to care about others from a young age. Not only should children learn to receive kindness, but also to give kindness. This helps shape children’s values and provides opportunities to develop empathy and kindness.  When we teach children to be givers of kindness, we increase their self-satisfaction, improve their well-being, reduce bullying, and enrich friendships.

Getting involved in World Kindness Day is a great way to jumpstart the kindness conversation in your home.

Here are some ways you and your family can participate on World Kindness Day.

  • Give out at least three compliments throughout the day.
  • Have your child write a list of things he loves about a family member or friend and give it to them.
  • Tell someone thank you. It could be custodians, teachers, nurses, and parents.
  • Take your child to a grocery store and have them buy an extra treat and give it to the cashier or grocery bagger.
  • Share a smile and pass it on. Not only is it easy and free, it can have a tremendous impact on a recipient’s day who may be struggling and having a hard time.

For more ways to celebrate World Kindness Day, see: Simple Acts of Kindness You Can Do to Celebrate World Kindness Day and 5 Ways to Celebrate World Kindness Day.

Teaching your child about kindness involves ongoing lessons and conversations about what being kind means. Here are some examples of fun activities you can do with your child.

Toothpaste and Words

  • Acquire travel size toothpaste and paper plates.
  • Ask your child to squeeze the entire tube of paste out on a paper plate and then put it back into the tube.
  • Your child will realize how the toothpaste cannot be put back in.
  • Explain this scenario using words and how we treat one another. This lesson is to show that how once we say unkind words, we can’t take them back. We can apologize but words can still hurt our friends’ feelings.

Small Acts of Kindness Create Ripples

  • Get a bucket of water, a rock, leaves, rubber bands, and sprinkles used for cupcakes.
  • Explain to your child that the water in the bucket is our world and the items are acts of kindness.
  • Ask the following questions while doing the experiment.
    • “If small acts of kindness create ripples, is there an act of kindness that is too small to create ripples?”
    • “Can many small acts of kindness together create as many ripples as a large one?”
  • Drop the items into the bucket one-by-one from heaviest to lightest and explain that each one is a different act of kindness.  The heaviest is a big act and lightest is a small act.
  • Children will see that each item will create a ripple, even the tiniest sprinkle.
  • This project is to show your child that all acts of kindness make a difference. No matter how big or how small an act is, it will have an impact around the world.

For complete steps on these projects, see:
Random Acts of Kindness and Object Lesson on Acts of Kindness 

For additional sources on kindness activities:
http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/68659/55-kindness-activities-kids

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