Inside: Use this quarantine kindness activity to help kids thank essential workers like our nurses, doctors, mail carriers, and grocery workers.
We are so lucky.
During the Coronavirus Pandemic where we’re all social distancing and quarantining, we aren’t really stuck at home.
We’re safe at home (even if some days it does feel like we’re stuck at home).
But so many people in our community aren’t able to stay safe at home because they’re essential workers.
Essential to our health and safety.
Essential to us getting foods and goods we used to mindlessly grab.
Essential to us being able to stay safe at home.
It’s, of course, our health care workers like nurses and doctors.
It’s our first responders like firefighters and police officers and our paramedics.
But as we’ve all come to realize, it’s also our grocery workers. It’s our mail carriers and delivery drivers and garbage collectors.
And we’re all looking for ways to show our appreciation to them.
To give them our undying appreciation and gratitude that they’re doing their job and doing it knowing they may get sick in the process, so we can stay home.
But with this one kindness activity, we can help our kids show gratitude and kindness towards our essential workers.
The Importance of Gratitude and Kindness
Gratitude and kindness are important at any time of the year…but especially right now while we’re all quarantined.
We spend a lot of time helping our kids focus on being grateful because when we’re focused on what we have, rather than what we don’t have, we’re happier.
We also spend a lot of time helping our kids speak and act with kindness more often.
We talk about kindness with these 60 kindness discussion starters.
During this time, we all wish we could do more to help.
And maybe it’s because we feel helpless right now that we can’t make a difference or spread kindness in our “normal” ways.
But we can make a difference by showing our essential workers how much we appreciate them.
And as an added bonus, this is a simple way to keep our kids busy, with a screen-free activity, which is always welcomed. All you need is a printer and some coloring supplies, which we already had from one of our many pre-quarantine Target runs.
Kindness Activity to Help Kids Thank Essential Workers
There aren’t that many ways to help our kids thank essential workers since we’re avoiding contact with them.
Parents are either having their groceries delivered or are shopping whenever possible without their kids. So encouraging our kids to simply thank our grocery workers won’t work.
Mail and cardboard boxes might be contaminated with the virus, so I don’t let my kids get the mail or packages anymore. The days of thanking our mail carrier in person are long gone.
But we can encourage our kids to color these pages and leave them for our essential workers or mail them to your local hospital or local grocery store.
This is also a perfect activity for our virtual classrooms and virtual Girl Scout meetings.
How to Use These Kindness Activities for our Essential Workers
1. Download the coloring sheets (download them below)
2. Choose the essential worker you’d like to thank first: doctor/nurses, grocery workers, garbage/recycling collectors, mail carriers/delivery people, or teachers.
3. Choose which version of the coloring sheet you’d like your kids to use.
There are 4 versions of each one:
- Coloring sheet
- Coloring sheet where your kids can sign their name
- Coloring sheet where your kids can complete the sentence about why they’re grateful.
- Coloring sheet where they write or dictate the whole message
4. Print the gratitude coloring page your kids want and let them decorate it with crayons, colored pencils or markers.
5. Deliver or “deliver” the thank you coloring page/note:
For grocery workers, you can drop it off at the customer service desk at your grocery store or you can mail it to your local store or you can tape it to your front door on your delivery day.
For your mail carrier or delivery person, you can pop it into your mailbox or tape it to your mailbox or tape it to your front door on the day you know you’re going to get a package.
For your garbage and recycling collectors, you can tape it to your trash cans.
For nurses and doctors, you can mail it to your local hospital’s HR department. Or you can take a picture of your kids’ artwork and post it to social media…perfect for Nurse Appreciation Week (the first week in May) and tag your local hospital so they can share it with their staff.
And even though our teachers aren’t officially being categorized as essential workers since they’re working from home, we all know how essential they are.
So for your kids’ teachers, you can take a picture of their artwork and email it to them, or if you feel comfortable, you can ask them for their mailing address so you can send them mail.
Because when our essential workers feel appreciated and know their work is valued, it’ll make heading out of their safe home to help the rest of us be able to stay inside our safe homes a little easier.
And when our kids focus on being grateful for the community helpers turned essential workers turned superheroes, they’ll know their kindness and appreciation is making a difference during this time.
Which will make all the difference during this quarantine.