Every person can use their head, heart, and hands to make the world a better place. I truly believe that we all have the power to make a change, even if it is small… you really never know what that change may mean to someone else.

But life is busy, and a bit crazy with young children.  And sometimes small acts of kindness – even though they are simple – take a bit of preparation or at least thought ahead of time.  So they may get left until “later”…

There are soooo many lovely ideas for how we can show kindness to others, but this list has been especially compiled with the “young family” in mind.  Most of the ideas are very simple and can be completed in a short period of time, or they will easily capture the interest of toddlers and preschoolers with some food or hands-on activity involved.

Here is my list of 52 acts of kindness for families with young children:

  1. Bring hot cocoa to a neighbor
  2. Give away old toys to younger children
  3. Leave a treat for the mail carrier in your mailbox
  4. Give some flowers to someone feeling unwell
  5. Make happy notes on the sidewalk with chalk
  6. Take paints and paper to share at the local playground
  7. Feed some birds or ducks – or animals at your local zoo
  8. Organize an afternoon of games for your neighborhood
  9. Give popsicles to outdoor workers (those in construction or gardening, perhaps)
  10. Take icewater and cups to the playground to share with others
  11. Hold a Lemonade Stand to donate to a cause you support
  12. Hold a “dog wash” to raise money for an animal shelter or zoo
  13. Wash cars to raise money for a cause you support
  14. Rake leaves (or do gardening) for a neighbor
  15. Take baked goods to a teacher
  16. Take snacks to staff at the local Hospital
  17. Babysit so that a couple can have a date
  18. Donate DVDs to the local Hospital
  19. Donate toys to the fire brigade for children in emergencies
  20. Have a family round of shoulder massages
  21. Pass out stickers to children waiting at the doctor’s office
  22. Read inspiring stories to a group of children
  23. Donate books to a doctor’s or dentist’s office
  24. Meet someone new at the shops or in a park
  25. Take a treat to a bus driver
  26. Educate yourself and your neighbors about recycling
  27. Invite another family over for dinner
  28. Cut coupons and put them in a neighbor’s mailbox
  29. Take a Thank You card to the local librarians
  30. Drop off “good morning” notes for early risers in a hotel
  31. Draw a picture of your community for the Police Station
  32. Open the door for people entering a shop or restaurant
  33. Bring a meal to a family in need (recent birth, sickness, or loss)
  34. Write a poem for someone you love
  35. Make “Be Happy” notes and put them in mailboxes
  36. Vacuum the house of a family who just had a baby
  37. Learn a joke to tell to a check-out person
  38. Tape change to a parking meter or vending machine
  39. Make a list of things you love about someone and send it to them
  40. Leave a happy note in a library book
  41. Create a movie theater afternoon for your neighborhood
  42. Send a postcard to a distant cousin or friend who moved away
  43. Pick up trash around the neighborhood or at a park
  44. Sing for the elderly
  45. Make a phone call to a friend or family member far away
  46. Go on an errand and smile at everyone you see
  47. Blow bubbles (and take extra) to the playground
  48. Volunteer in a local animal shelter
  49. Take cans of food to the local Food Bank
  50. Donate old clothes a local organization
  51. Introduce someone who just moved to your town to new friends
  52. Let someone go ahead of you in line at the shops

Do you have ideas to add?  What acts of kindness has your family enjoyed?

 

 

Source: MomentsAday.com

 

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