Inside: Use this Christmas Kindness Activity Kind or Unkind Sort to help kids determine what is kind and what is not kind.
Christmas time is a magical time.
Maybe it’s the lights or the anticipation of the gift-giving and the gift-receiving or maybe it’s because we get pass down the traditions we had as kids.
But December tends to be a time when we focus more on kindness and generosity and helping those around us.
We put money in Santa’s bucket when he’s ringing his bell. We donate toys to Angel Trees and Toys for Tots or “adopt” a family and food banks fill their shelves with donations.
Of course, we want to teach our kids to be kind year-round, like with this 365 Days of Kindness Calendar, but it just feels easier in December.
Or for classroom teachers, you can also use this Kindness Countdown to Winter Break…since is a super exciting part of December!
We use these Kindness Elves to inspire more Christmas kindness and these this Christmas Lights Random Acts of Kindness for neighbors who decorate their houses for Christmas as a way to say “thank you.”
And we also intentionally teach what is kind and what is not kind with this Christmas-themed Kind or Unkind Sort.
How to Encourage Kindness During the Winter Months
Once December and Christmas is past us, it can be a bit of a letdown. January and February can easily be lonely months, especially with dreary weather without the Christmas lights to brighten our mood.
But we can keep the kindness going all winter long with these kindness activities:
Connect Kindness with Christmas Through Books:
We also love reading Christmas books and our family definitely has favorites.
But we especially love the Christmas books that focus on giving to others and spreading Christmas Cheer like these:
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree (one of our absolute faves!)
How to Use this Christmas Kindness Activity:
1. Download the Christmas Kind or Unkind Sort (download it below).
2. Print and laminate the cards and the Kind or Not Kind Trees.
If you print them in black and white, you can color the cards first. You can use these skin color crayons.
3. Cut apart the cards.
4. Go over the pictures on the cards to make sure the children understand what the picture shows. You can use these as discussion starters before or after the activity.
5. The kids will sort the cards by kind actions or unkind actions by placing the cards near the correct Christmas tree.
You can also turn it into a “game” by placing the cards face down.
6. To follow up the activity, kids can draw a picture/write how they will choose to be kind this Christmas season. They can use either writing sheet.