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Random Acts of Kindness by Age

It’s never too early to teach your kids to be kind. Random acts of kindness can be so meaningful and they can be a lot of fun. The excitement of planning something nice, the thrill of being sneaky in a good way and the joy of being spontaneous are memorable. There are so many ways that kids can give back, but here is a list of activities by age group that will help you get started.

acts of kindness by age
Kids Aged 2-4

Little kids can do big things too! Just because they are tiny doesn’t mean they can’t make a big difference, by doing things like:

  • Helping a younger sibling by teaching them how to play a new game
  • Draw a picture for a parent or friend
  • Put money from their piggy bank into a charitable collection
  • Go through their toys and donate things they’ve outgrown to charity
  • Give a phone call or make a card for someone who has been unwell
acts of kindness by age
Kids Aged 5-7

They are getting bigger and that means the size of their impact can grow. Now that they aren’t so small, they can do things like:

  • Read a book to a younger sibling or friend who can’t read yet
  • Share a snack with a classmate
  • Tidy up the classroom for their teacher
  • Write a thank you note to someone who has been kind to them
  • Push a smaller kid on the swingset
acts of kindness by age
Kids Aged 8-12

They grow up so fast, but their impact can be lasting. Kids aged 8-12 can do things like:

  • Run a lemonade stand or bake sale to raise money for charity
  • Make breakfast in bed for mom or dad
  • Visit a retirement home and spend time with someone who doesn’t normally get visitors
  • Put together care packages to be handed out to the homeless
  • Make a craft to give as a gift to someone they love
acts of kindness by age
Kids Aged 13+

Teenagers can get a bad rap. Although they are in a time of heightened self-involvement, they are still capable of reaching out of themselves to help others in spectacular ways. Teens can do things like:

  • Organize the clothes they don’t wear anymore & donate them.
  • Shovel an elderly or handicapped neighbor’s driveway, or walk their dog for them.
  • Are they a gamer? Then play Games for Change and give back while playing.
  • Hug your mother. (seriously hug your mother.)

How will your kids practice acts of kindness? We would love to hear your stories! 

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