100+ Acts of Kindness You Can Teach Your Kids
Published October 4, 2022
There’s a famous saying that goes: train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Indeed, a child’s formative years play a big role in how they behave as adults. At this age, they are like sponges. They absorb everything that adults around them do. The things you teach your child today will stay with them until their later years.
That’s why if you want your kid to grow up to be a kind and warm-hearted person, you need to teach them as early as now. To help you out, we’ve listed down some of the random acts of kindness for kids to learn.
Acts of Kindness for Kids at Home
- Feed stray cats and dogs.
- Make your own bed.
- Throw your trash in the proper garbage bin.
- Make someone else’s bed.
- Clean up toys without being asked.
- Feed the birds.
- Plant something.
- Don’t waste food.
- Take out the trash without being asked.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
- Help around the house without being asked to.
- Clear up a mess you didn’t make.
- Pick up litter from the ground and put it in the trash bin.
- Help sweep the yard without being asked.
- Leave food and water outside for the birds.
- Set up or clear up the dining table without being asked.
- Put your shoes and coat in the right place after school rather than dumping them on the floor.
- Watch over your younger brothers and sisters if your parents have something important to do.
- Clean your room without being told.
- Help make dinner
- Turn off the lights when not in use.
- Help shovel the snow or rake the leaves.
- Listen to your parents.
- Play with your younger siblings.
- Feed your pet and clean their cage/s without being asked.
- Help your sibling with their chores.
- Help put away empty dishes.
Acts of Kindness Ideas for Kids at School
- Let someone get ahead in line.
- Return books to the library.
- Recycle paper after drawing.
- Return what you borrowed.
- Sit next to someone you normally don’t at the lunch table.
- Share your food with a hungry kid.
- Bring flowers to your teacher.
- Tell your teacher when someone is being bullied.
- Write thank-you notes to your parents and teachers.
- Help a classmate who has a hard time with their classwork.
- Use your pocket money to buy food for your classmate who can’t afford lunch.
- Share your paper and other school supplies with your classmates.
- Donate your old school uniform to a schoolmate in need.
- Offer to play with someone nobody wants to play with.
- Teach younger kids.
- Share the game equipment you’re playing with, even if you had it first.
- Offer to hand out the fruit and milk at snack time in school.
- Show the new kids around your school.
- Buy ice cream for a kid who can’t afford them.
- Pack extra lunch or snacks for your classmate who hasn’t got any.
- Clear your table after having lunch at the school cafeteria.
- Help the teacher put up chairs.
- Help the teacher clean the chalkboard.
- Give up a bus seat for a disabled schoolmate.
- Make a get-well card for a sick classmate or teacher.
- Volunteer to hand out assignments.
Acts of Kindness for Friends
- Compliment a friend.
- Send a postcard to a friend.
- Share a toy with a friend.
- Offer to help an elderly friend or neighbor.
- Make a get-well card for someone.
- Make a homemade gift for someone.
- Visit a sick friend or relative.
- Send a get-well card to a sick family member, friend, or neighbor.
- Lend your books to your friends.
- Give high fives to a friend.
- Share a snack with a friend.
- Help a friend with an assignment or project.
- Surprise a friend on their birthday.
- Make a friend laugh.
- Cheer for a friend.
Random Acts of Kindness for Kids
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Say kind words to everyone.
- Say hello to people.
- Put change in a vending machine.
- Help elderlies cross the street.
- Offer your seat to a pregnant woman or the elderly.
- Make sandwiches to take to your local soup kitchen.
- Put grocery carts back.
- Make a care package for the homeless.
- Leave kind comments on social media.
- Take injured or abandoned animals to the vet or the shelter.
- Leave kindness stones at the park.
- Say “please” and “thank you”.
- Help someone unload groceries at the store.
- Say sorry when you’ve done something wrong.
- Tell someone a joke to cheer them up if they’re feeling sad.
- Pray for the people who hurt you.
- Be kind even to rude people.
- Adopt an animal online.
- Never make fun of someone with a disability.
- Don’t interrupt when someone is talking.
- Help without asking anything in return.
- Say “good morning” to people.
- Try not to complain for a day.
- Tell someone they did a great job.
- Collect recyclables and take them to a drop-off center.
Acts of Kindness for Others
- Donate outgrown clothes.
- Volunteer in a local charity.
- Take care of someone’s pet while they’re away.
- Bring cookies to a sick neighbor.
- Water a neighbor’s garden if they are away.
- Check in on an elderly neighbor.
- Donate your savings to charity.
- Lend someone your hat and gloves if you’re warm and they’re cold.
- Make handwritten thank-you cards for all your birthday or Christmas presents.
- Donate your cut hair to a charity that makes wigs for children with cancer.
- Do chores for someone who needs a helping hand.
- Write encouraging notes to kids with terminal illnesses.
- Take a neighbor’s package or newspaper up to their porch.
- Donate toys and books to underprivileged kids.
- Sell lemonade to raise money for charity.
- Write a thank you note for your mail carrier.
- Be nice to waiters and other service staff.
- Collect food donations for the food pantry.
- Volunteer at an animal shelter (if they’re old enough to).
- Donate old blankets and towels to a family in need.
- Read to seniors at the nursing home.
- Donate old clothes to kids in need.
- Write to kids of soldiers deployed overseas.
Shaping the Next Generation
Teaching your kids the above acts of kindness isn’t just about shaping their character. It’s also about shaping the next generation. Just imagine if, instead of hatred, we all teach our children how to love one another. Instead of selfishness, we inculcate selflessness. And instead of cruelty, we show them the value of kindness. The world will undoubtedly be a much better place for generations to come.
(Related: 5 Bible Stories About Helping Others You Can Read to Your Kids)
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About The Author
Judy Ponio is a professional writer and devoted Christian. She has a passion for writing about topics related to morality and helping the poor and homeless. She is the lead author for the Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen blog.
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