How to do this kindness project:
Keep your supplies in an easy-to-grab place for your kids. Every day after school, ask them to sit down and write three kind things:
-one about something nice they did for others,
-one telling something nice that someone did for them and
-one that is just a nice comment or compliment about a person in their class. For the last one, ask your child to choose someone different every day.
Bonus points if your kids can say something nice about someone that they don’t really get along with too well! It gets them thinking about how everyone has good traits. If your kids are too young to really write much on their own, they can dictate to you and you can write it down.
After your kids write down their three “kindness notes,” have them put it in the jar. At the end of each week, sit down with your kids and read all the notes. Talk about how these acts of kindness made them feel.
Did they make a new friend because of a kind act?
Did they feel differently about kids who they didn’t particularly like before?
How do you think the other kid felt because of your act of kindness?
This project is great for building empathy and compassion because it really gets your kids thinking about everyday acts of kindness. After a few days, they’ll be more conscious of how they treat others at school because they will want to have something great to share. It’s really such a simple yet engaging way to spread peace and harmony.