Forget the math and grammar! Today we’re teaching kids of all ages to be kind, caring, curious, giving and respectful. After all, if we are to leave the world better than we found it, one of the best ways to do that is to raise conscious kids who will care for the Earth and its people even better than we have.
Frankly, with everything that parents have on their plates right now, making this a priority with any frequency isn’t easy. We are trying to make it simple…Because even if the effort seems relatively minor, the impact to kids truly lies square in the conversations that it sparks.
Doing activities that benefit others shows kids how important it is to give, in a much more visceral way than simply making a donation (though donations are always good and always needed!) So, let’s sow some seeds of love and kindness and have some fun giving back…
5 pear-fect ways for kids to give back from your own home
Donate old toys
Especially with the Holiday season and an influx of new toys on the way, donating old and unused toys is a great way to teach kids that “sharing is caring,” and get your house organized at the same time! There are many organizations where you can drop off toys with minimal effort and little to no contact, such as the Salvation Army, Goodwill, Toys for Tots, and your local churches or hospitals.
Make a (no sew) blanket for kids in need
If your kids make the blankets, Project Linus will get them in the hands of children who are in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere else that a child might be in need of warmth and comfort. The Project Linus website offers plenty of patterns to choose from, too. Want to get young ones involved? They’ve got you covered with the popular No Sew Fleece Blankets. Your little ones will be so proud of themselves when they’re able to make an actual blanket, plus they’ll love sending a warm hug to kids like them who just aren’t as lucky to be safe, healthy or to have a loving home.(Photo via the Project Linus website)
Shop our clothes
It is our blog after all! Clearly, we believe in teaching kids to treat others and the Earth with kindness. And we also know they’ll be excited to donate 3 meals to children like them who don’t have enough to eat. At our house, the kids call them their “feel good” shirts, because all the good they do makes us feel good when we wear them. Why not let your kids lean over your shoulder and shop online for their favorite characters? You can even turn it into a math lesson, as your kids add up the number of meals they are giving with every shirt they add to their cart!
Write a letter of thanks
Gratitude is another important trait to teach kids; writing letters (or coloring if they don’t write yet!) is a great way to express their thanks. They can choose to write letters to local heroes, such as teachers and first responders, or they can send a letter to our troops through the organization, A Million Thanks. We love this idea because it turns your typical arts and crafts time into something berry special and requires nothing more than a few stamps and a trip to the mailbox once they’re done!
Make and donate individual bags of toiletries and food
Kids will love putting together toiletry kits to bring to your local church, shelter or other organization. And by love, we mean that older kids will probably stick it out and really learn something, while little ones might ditch you halfway through. That’s why this is a great chance for the whole family to get involved! We suggest picking up a package of paper bags, so kids can color and decorate to make them extra special. Then, check out the bulk toiletry sets that you can buy on Amazon (here’s a couple affiliate links to get you started: https://amzn.to/36CMa0v and https://amzn.to/3iI5pIA). Starting at just about $1 a kit, you can buy all the supplies you need, such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and hairbrushes. Some even come with socks or water bottles. Much easier than having to shop for everything in a store…with kids…and COVID.
You’re awesome for being here!
We love to taco ‘bout giving back, because nothing beets spreading kindness! Getting your kids involved is really important, and that makes you awesome! Don’t forget to tag us @freelieandberrio or #freeliekids so we can see all the wonderful things your kids do to give back, and lettuce know if there are any giving activities you and your kids do at home that we missed!