If you’ve been looking for ways to encourage random acts of kindness with your kids, you’re going to love this do good jar! It’s the perfect way to introduce children to doing random acts of kindness in their daily lives. We have even included a free printable tag you can use for your jar!
Instilling the value of kindness is an important one we don’t want to overlook. Sometimes it can be a struggle figuring out how to really encourage it. We have found that this do good jar is a great introduction! Once you make the jar, they just grab a stick and are on their way to doing something to brighten someone’s day!
Scroll down below to get started making your own do good jar for some random acts of kindness below!
Random acts of kindness jar supplies
- Glass jar
- Popsicle sticks – colored ones are more fun!
- Twine or ribbon
- Hole punch
- FREE printable “Do Good” jar tag
How to make a random acts of kindness jar
Before you get started, you’ll want to gather up all your supplies in front of you. Make sure to download and print the free printable tag as well!
To get started, start a list of different deeds and acts of kindness that your children can do to serve others – big or small. You can come up with ideas for them to do for just immediate family members, or you can expand to close neighbors and strangers. Have them brainstorm their own ideas first and then you can help fill in any gaps if more ideas are needed.
Here are some to get you started if needed:
- Bake a treat for a neighbor
- Tell a joke to make someone smile
- Pick up litter
- Hold the door for someone
- Share one of your toys
- Donate old toys and clothes
- Collect canned food for donating
- Help make dinner
- Hug your sibling
- Say something kind to someone
- Write a kind note to a friend
- Volunteer at the animal shelter
- Take soup to someone that is sick
- Make a gift for your teacher
- Take flowers to someone
- Help someone with their groceries
- Hug your parent
- Do a chore without being asked
- Send a postcard to someone
Note: if you opt for strangers as well, make sure to have a talk about safety and make sure they understand your rules to keep them safe!
Grab a black marker and write down your small acts of kindness and good deeds onto your popsicle sticks, writing one per stick. Once you’re done, place your sticks into your jar.
Next, cut out the free printable tag and punch a hole into one end of the tag.
Then, thread a piece of ribbon or twine through the tag and tie it onto your jar. Select an interval of how often you’d like to have your child choose a stick from the jar to brighten someone’s day and over time watch it turn into a lifelong habit!
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