Inside: Use these 12 monthly kindness activities for kids with our monthly kindness challenges for a whole year of kindness activities.
As parents, one of the biggest ironies is how slow the days can go by but how fast the weeks, months, and years go by.
Somedays we’re counting down until bedtime but we look back and can’t figure out how it’s already the end of the month. Or the end of the year.
But when we look back on the month and wonder how time flies, I often find myself wondering just what we did.
Sure we were busy.
Families are always busy. Our to do lists of chores and places to be are always long.
But did we intentionally do things that mattered?
Did we give to others who need our help?
Instead of letting more months go past where we’re not sure what we really did each day, we’re adding in this Kind Kids Challenge to our monthly to do list.
Each month of the year, there are 4 kindness activities to challenge our kids to do so they can speak and act with kindness more often to the people around them.
Sure some of these may need to be tweaked because of the pandemic, but most of them are still safe to do.
Why this Kindness Challenge Works:
We are constantly looking for ways our kids show kindness.
Winter, spring, summer or fall, there are always easy ways kids can be kind towards others.
Why? Because if we’re raising kind kids, and we are, we can’t just tell them once and have it sink in.
It has to be a consistent message.
So challenging our kids to do 4 kindness acts a month is the consistency most kids need to “get it.”
Plus, we’re changing their habits. We’re making kindness their knee-jerk reaction to others around them. As with building all good habits, repetition is key.
So 12 months of kindness will be the repetition and consistency they need to speak and act with kindness more often.
How the 12 Months of Kindness Activities Works:
For each season, we have a printable checklist you can give to each of your kids to challenge them.
They can color in or cross off each one when they’re done.
You can start at any time of the year since this is a cyclical kindness challenge that can be done over and over again.
If you’re reading this in March, start with the Spring Kindness Challenge.
If you’re reading this in November, start with the Fall Kindness Challenge.
It really doesn’t matter when you start.
What matters is that we decide to start, we make kindness easy for our kids, and we are consistent with helping them speak and act with kindness towards others.
Want more kindness activities? You’ll love our 12 Months of Volunteering and our 365 Days of Kindness Calendar.
It may be cold outside, but we can still show kindness to our neighbors, family, classmates and friends.
Everything you need, including printable resources and the checklist are here for our Winter Kindness Challenge.
Monthly Kindness Activities for Kids: Spring Months
With spring in the air, it’s time to get outside and spread our kindness to everyone around us.
Everything you need, including printable resources and the checklist are here.
Monthly Kindness Activities for Kids: Summer Months:
Summer is here and the kids are out of school. Need a screen-free summer activity? Focus on kindness.
Everything you need, including printable resources and the checklist are here for our Summer Kindness Challenge.
Monthly Kindness Activities for Kids: Fall Months
Fall is in the air and so will kindness if you challenge your kids to do these activities.
Everything you need, including printable resources and the checklist are here for our Fall Kindness Challenge.
When you complete a seasonal challenge, your kids will have done 12 acts of kindness. That’s incredible. If you keep it going through all the seasons, they’ll complete 48 acts of kindness…almost one a week!
And that’s something to be proud of.