Inside: Encourage daily kindness with this kindness dice activity that helps kids speak and act with kindness more often.
My youngest daughter was in my shower before school taking a quick shower.
My son wandered in to use the toilet and as he was watching his hands, I heard him call out to his sister.
“Good Morning,” he said to her. “How did you sleep?”
I smiled and listened to their sweet exchange.
And then my son noticed his sister didn’t have a towel hanging over the shower door.
Instead of walking away and letting her deal with it on her own, he asked her if she wanted a towel and offered her one. She replied with a “thanks” but that she actually wanted her towel and could he please go get it out of their bathroom. My son happily walked off and went to get her towel to bring back to her.
This might not seem like much.
But between siblings, it’s powerful.
It shows how practicing kindness and encouraging kind behaviors daily can intentionally shift our kids’ reactions to each other. It showcases kindness can be taught and it can become a normal, everyday habit.
One simple way we encourage daily kindness is with our Kindness Dice Activity.
Why Should We Encourage Daily Kindness
We want our kids to be kind. It’s so important in our family, it’s one of our only two family rules.
To make this happen, we talk about kindness often with these discussion starters, and we read books about kindness and we volunteer often.
But in order to make kindness a reality, we have to first make kindness a habit.
We have to find ways to encourage kids to speak and act with kindness every day so it becomes a normal part of how they live their lives.
One big, showy act of kindness is great. But what’s even more impactful are tiny, quiet, everyday acts of kindness that feel easy to do so they can be done often.
- giving compliments
- greeting someone
- helping someone
- expressing gratitude
- holding the door for someone
- helping with chores
- sharing supplies
- taking turns
- inviting someone to join you
These aren’t showy, or flashy, or “social media-worthy” types of kindness.
But these are impactful acts of kindness. They can lift others up. They can make someone feel seen or welcome. They can make a big difference in someone’s day.
And they’re duplicatable. They’re easy for our kids to do often. They’re easy for other people to also do.
Related: More examples of Simple, Normal, Everyday Acts of Kindness and Why They’re So Important
To encourage more of these impactful kindness activities we turn kindness into a game like with this Fidget Spinner Kindness and Tic Tac Toe Kindness and these Kindness Dice.
How to Use the Kindness Dice:
1. Print the Kindness Dice (download them below).
2. Cut the outside of both die shapes.
3. Fold along all the lines.
4. Using the instruction guide, tape the flaps inside to make the cube with clear tape.
5. Have your kids roll the who and the activity dice.
Each time they roll, they’ll do a different kindness activity to someone else in their life.
Encourage your kids to roll the Kindness Dice often. Challenge them to do one a day to spread more kindness.
Especially to their siblings.
Download the Kindness Dice Activity here.
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