Inside: Use this Spring Kindness Bucket List Activity to help kids spread kindness throughout the spring months with easy, kid-friendly activities.
Spring brings renewal, snow melting and warmer weather.
It’s the time when we can cautiously put away our snow gear and we get longer days and more sun.
We get Spring Break and the promise that summer break is not that far away…
So we can lean into spring and sneak in some kindness during all the spring holidays.
We can use these St. Patrick’s Day kindness Notecards in March, we can use these Earth Day Kindness activities for April, and we can use these I am Kind to Moms Poem for May.
And we can also encourage kids to spread kindness to those around them this spring with our Spring Kindness Bucket List.
Why We Need to Focus on Kindness in the Spring
Some kids know how to be kind. It seems to be innate, and part of their very soul.
But most kids, my kids included, need to be taught how to be kind. Luckily, kindness is a skill we can teach.
In our family, being kind is so essential, kindness is one of our only two family rules.
And speaking and acting with kindness is perfect for spring since we’re all coming back out into the world more and more now that the weather is better.
We celebrate spring and sneak in a little kindness at the same time with our Spring Kindness Challenge, our Spring Kindness Notecards and the March Volunteering Activity, April Volunteering Activity, and the May Volunteering Activity.
We intentionally teach kindness and Social-Emotional Learning with this Flowers Kind or Unkind Sort, Raindrop Kind or Unkind Sort, and Kites Kind or Unkind Sort.
We can read books about being kind during spring.
And we can count down to Spring Break with kindness activities each day.
And we use this Spring Kindness Bucket list to work together to help others.
How to Use the Spring Kindness Bucket List:
1. Print and download the Spring Kindness Bucket List printable (download it below).
2. You can print it in color or in black and white to save on ink.
3. If you’re a parent, you can print one for each of your children or if they’re younger, complete it as a family.
If you’re an educator, print one off for each of your students and challenge them to do each activity before the end of spring.
4. Throughout the spring, challenge them to do one thing off the Spring Bucket list checklist each day.
And while the original concept of a Bucket List is things you want to do before you “kick the bucket,” you can explain to kids that it’s a list of things we want to do to help fill other people’s buckets.
These books will help explain the concept:
How Full is Your Bucket?– Bucket Filling is a simple metaphor for “filling” people up and improving the lives of the people around us through kind words and actions.
5. They can check off each bucket of flowers as they complete the kindness activity or color in the bucket when they finish it.
6. To “reward” their kindness when they complete the kindness list, you can play a game together, watch a family movie, or do a fun outdoor activity like mini golf.
And while we don’t want kids to get into the habit of needing a reward for showing kindness, most kids need a little motivation and positive reinforcement to keep going.
Because these kindness activities, while they seem simple enough, will get our kids into the habit of being kind more often… which will set them up for a much kinder year.
Download the Spring Kindness Bucket List here.
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