Inside: If you’re looking for summer activities for kids, this summer kindness challenge is perfect. 4 Kindness activities for each month of summer to get kids to act with more kindness.
The kids are almost home for the summer and there’s a most pressing question: What are we going to do all summer long?
Since summer camps are stupid-expensive where we live, my kids get Camp Mom every summer.
And while I’m excited to no longer pack school lunches and set alarm clocks and do homework, I’m also a little nervous.
Three kids home is going to equal them being inevitably bored and then begging for screens. All day long.
Or worse…bickering and sibling squabbles.
Related: How to reduce sibling rivalry and raise kind siblings
We stay busy by doing these 6 things every day so I don’t lose my mind. I don’t want to wish away their summer and count down until they had back to school.
We use this weekly schedule to explore and have a fun staycation.
We do summer learning every day to avoid the dreaded summer slide.
And this summer I’m trying to give my kids an old school summer like we had as kids.
But we also use our summer months to spread kindness using this Summer Kind Kids Challenge.
Why we teach our kids to be kind
We are intentionally raising our kids to be kind. It’s so important to us it’s one of our only two family rules.
Because kind kids can change the world.
When we teach our kids why they should be kind and how to act with kindness, we praise their kindness, they’ll want to be kind more often.
Kindness will become their normal everyday actions.
And kids who are kind, who offer compliments, and help those who need it, and hold doors for people behind them will grow up to be kind adults.
And the world needs more kind adults.
So we focus on raising kind kids by talking about it and modeling it and encouraging it.
But sometimes kids need help to figure out what kindness looks like and sounds like.
Sometimes we have the Kindness Elves bring ideas.
Or we encourage kindness with tic tac toe or fidget spinner kindness or skittle kindness.
But we can also challenge them this summer with the Summer Kind Kids Challenge.
For this summer, you can print out this Challenge Checklist to post on your fridge as a reminder and as a challenge to complete it all by the end of summer. You can download it below.
Summer Kind Kids Challenge: June
Start the summer off strong with this summer kind kids challenge in June.
Here are four kindness activities they can easily do throughout the first summer month.
Celebrate dad this Father’s Day and start spreading Summer Random Acts of Kindness with these printables.
Summer Kind Kids Challenge: July
Keep the summer kindness activities going with these four kindness activities for July.
Kindness rocks are a super fun craft and then activity when you hide them.
And celebrate the 4th of July by writing a veteran or active military member with these patriotic thank you letters.
Summer Kind Kids Challenge: August
Finish the summer up strong as you get ready to head back to school with these four simple challenges.
Because the summer wouldn’t be complete without lemonade and park dates.
Related: Make going to the park more fun with park Bingo
Kids can play games this summer and lazily stay in their pajamas all day.
But they can also sneak in a little kindness over the next few months. Because anyway you can sneak in kindness is a win.
When you make it fun and tie it into summer activities you’re already doing, it’s a win-win.
Keep the kindness going with our Fall Kindness Challenge.
Download the Summer Kind Kids Challenge Checklist here.
Megan Krull says
Are above summer kindness pages downloadable?
Nicole Black says
Hi Megan- They’re not yet… I will make printable versions of them soon!