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Valentine's "Love & Kindness" Themed Activities!
Valentine's Day is not just about love but also kindness and thoughtfulness!
Acts of kindness can develop so many wonderful skills in children including: empathy, social skills, emotional regulation, and understanding varying emotions. This can have a ripple effect that makes people feel good and spreads positivity. Below are some Acts of Kindness ideas to share with kiddos!
Random Acts of Kindness Ideas:
Without being asked, help around the house without being told your chores.
Make a meal or snack before being asked and let everyone know that it is ready.
Hold the door open for a stranger at the store.
If you’re older, then offer to babysit your younger siblings or cousins.
Leave an encouraging picture on your neighbor’s doorstep.
Use crayons to make kindness bookmarks to put in a library book for patrons at your local library.
Create a care package for someone in the military.
Make someone’s bed in your house.
Fold any blankets you see around the house after a chilly day.
Before asking for help with your homework, see if you can figure it out on your own first.
Offer to walk the dog without being asked.
Bake cookies or muffins for a friend or family member.
Put away dishes after dinner without being told to do so.
Draw fun pictures or write encouraging words on your driveway with sidewalk chalk to greet the people who visit your house.
Send a video message to a grandparent.
Donate coloring books for the doctor’s office waiting room or children’s hospital.
Help fold laundry when it’s put on your bed.
Bake dessert to make someone feel special.
Write a thank you note for the mail carrier
Offer to help with a family member’s errand without being asked.
Hang up coats and backpacks after school when no one is around to put them away.
Acknowledge acts of kindness that your parents do for you by thanking them, letting them know you appreciate it, or offering to help take their load off.
Pick up your toys and put them away without being told.
Donate time or money to your favorite charity.
Help parents carry heavy objects around the house, even if it’s just a few feet at a time.
Put belongings in their place when you are done using them to keep the house looking nice for everyone.
Shovel snow or rake leaves for an elderly neighbor.
Buy a few extra canned goods at your grocery store and donate it to the food pantry.
Collect food pantry donations for your community.
Collect and donate your spare change to a local charity.
Hide notes of encouragement inside shoes or under pillows to brighten up someone’s day.
Make a plate of cookies and deliver them to a neighbor in need or an elderly friend in the neighborhood.
Create a special craft that you can give as a gift to your parents, grandparents, or other loved ones.
Make up fun games to play with your siblings when you’re bored such as tag or hide-and-seek.
Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
Write letters to faraway friends or family.
Volunteer at an animal shelter or donate pet food.
Random Acts of Kindness worksheets:
Fine Motor Skills:
Expressive & Receptive:
Check out these fun "Adolescent Aged" Conversation Starter Cards HERE!