This is a sponsored post in collaboration with “Clangers” and Coolabi. All opinions are my own.
This Friday, November 13, is World Kindness Day. While many of these themed days are just an excuse to have a donut or chocolate (not that I need one), some of them are pretty awesome and open up the door to conversations. World Kindness Day is one of those awesome ones!
The kids have been enjoying watching Clangers. The core principal of the show is “kindness”. In each episode, the Clangers spread kindness throughout the Blue Planet. If you're unfamiliar, you can catch it every night at 7PM on the Sprout Channel.
Watching Clangers on Sprout has really opened up the conversation on being kind. We see random acts of kindness things shared on facebook often about buying someone's coffee in line behind them and things like that, but that's not something that our preschoolers can do. Acts of kindness can be such a wide range of things – from helping someone less fortunate and donating to charity to simply saying hello to someone you pass.
While this picture may just be Owen pushing the button for the elevator, it also shows that Charlie let him take turns. Owen would get so excited when we left our room at Beaches to ride in the elevator and he so desperately wanted to push that button. By the end of the week, Charlie was being kind to his brother and taking turns pushing it.
Right now, we're working with Charlie on being kind. For us, that usually means things like sharing with his brother, smiling at people instead of scowling (that one is sometimes hard for him), and helping to clean up without being asked. As adults though, we have given food to a few of the homeless guys that walk around our town. It's nothing fancy and only cost a few dollars out of my pocket, but it's a meal for them.
Because we're so close to the holidays, I wanted to share a kindness calendar with you that is kind of a countdown to Christmas. Of course, they'll work for anytime with a few changes. On the calendar, you'll find 25 ideas that your preschooler can do to create kindness by themselves or with a little help from a grown-up. You can print out the calendar by clicking on the image.
25 Acts of Kindness for Preschoolers
- Hug a friend
- Do a sibling's chore
- Share something
- Say “please” and “thank you.”
- Help bake cupcakes for a neighbor
- Write a thank you note to your local librarians
- Learn something new
- Hold the door open for someone
- Leave a nice note for the mailman
- Help decorate for Christmas
- Compliment a stranger
- Listen to an elderly person's story
- Help bake treats for your local firefighters/police officers
- Feed the birds
- Donate old toys
- Do your chores without complaining
- Mail a postcard to a relative
- Compliment a friend/sibling
- Donate your allowance
- Make a small gift for a friend
- Read to a younger sibling/pet
- Do an extra chore
- Smile all day!
- Play with a sibling/pet
- Continue doing acts of kindness year-round!