Teacher and Parent Kindness Activities

Kindness Activities for Teachers and Parents

Here is a list of numerous activities which you can use to encourage kindness. We are always updating the list, so please feel free to email us with any additions you’d like to see.

  • Brainstorm kindness acts as a family or class
  • Positive Chart- Put a sticker by the child’s name each time they have done something kind.
  • Say hello, good-bye, please and thank-you.
  • Use eye contact when talking to others.
  • Recycle.
  • Give hugs and kisses.
  • Leave a note for someone- like a custodian, secretary at a school, grandparent or friend.
  • Write a thank you note to the Easter Bunny, tooth fairy or Santa Claus.
  • Pick wildflowers for someone.
  • Treat people the way you want to be treated.
  • Ask others if you can help them.
  • Help people in need, holding the door, carrying things.
  • Share toys, books, art supplies.
  • Share your smile. A simple smile can have an amazing effect on complete strangers.
  • At mealtime, take turns giving positive comments to one another. This is also a great idea for after recess or any other time you wish to refocus positive energy.
  • After an outing, reflect on the positive aspects of the outing. For example, retelling a favorite part of a picnic or a movie or the first day of school.
  • Have each child write a positive comment about other kids in their family, on their team or in their class on paper. Compile the comments on an index card and read these aloud.
  • Ask kids to perform a kindness act for a stranger and then write a paragraph, sentence or draw a picture describing the experience — how it made them feel and the reaction of the person who received their kindness. Talk about how a kindness act can be passed on.
  • Create a kindness chain by linking construction paper. Record kindness acts on strips of paper and then link them together forming a chain.
  • Help kids to start a kindness journal in which they can keep their own stories, pictures, ideas or feelings about kindness acts.
  • Ask kids to think about a time when they hurt someone’s feelings by being unkind and then to recreate the situation with a different outcome.
  • Ask kids to pick two people who have done something nice for them. Have them write letters of appreciation, explaining how those people have made a difference in their life.
  • Put up kindness quotes around the house or classroom. Discuss their meanings.
  • Conduct a media kindness search. Have kids look through the newspaper for stories about kindness acts.
  • Make a quilt out of paper or fabric with each patch containing a drawing of an act of kindness.
  • Create your own system of positive reinforcement. Each time you catch a child doing something good, especially showing kindness, reward them with the reward system. For example, pretend money. At the end of the month, or other specified amount of time, hold an auction or a sale. Throughout the month collect small treasures and put them into this treasure chest to reward good behavior.
  • Learn about how pollution and trash affect the environment, including animals and plants. Discuss how kindness towards our environment can help humans, animals, and plants.
  • Plant a tree or small flower garden. Discuss each type of plant or flower and how best to care for it.
  • Adopt a nearby park and learn about the ecosystems within that park. Work together to keep it clean and beautiful.
  • Learn how to make homes more energy efficient. Share the information with local residents. Discuss how energy efficiency helps the environment and, in turn, humans and animals.
  • Identify community helpers such as crossing guards, firefighters, police officers, etc. Visit their workplaces and learn about their jobs. Discuss how their jobs help the community.
  • Meet with senior citizens and record their memories of the community when they were growing up. Compare their likes and dislikes with those of young people today. Compare prices from then to now.
  • Choose a problem that needs to be solved in your area, and contact local officials to try to get it solved. Learn about the political process by attending city council meetings, visiting local officials, and writing letters.
  • Study kind people in history. Then have kids illustrate their kind works and discuss how their chosen path affected the world.
  • Make a thank-you card for a mail carrier, firefighter, school staff person. Example: Write thank-you notes to firefighters for conducting fire drills for everyone’s safety.
  • Make a birthday card for someone special.
  • Have kids share about a time they did an act of kindness for someone and how it felt. Younger children can draw a picture and tell about it.
  • Start a conversation with a stranger or with someone who seems lonely.
  • Write a nice note to someone who is having a bad day.
  • Take photos of kids doing kind acts. Frame and display them for all to see.
  • 100’s day: Collect 100 hugs. Keep track on chart.
  • Collect pennies for a specific cause. Let the kids determine the recipients.
  • Set up an Appreciation Day: This could be for community helpers, teachers, nurses, crossing guards, etc. Make a banner or cards that tell them how much they are appreciated. A kindness basket could also be given.
  • Smile File: Create a “smile file” with cartoons, jokes and pictures that make people smile.
  • Collect slightly-used games or toys for children in foster homes, child protective services, family shelters, hospitals, etc.

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