Empathy, Kindness

Project Seeds of Kindness

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A few years ago my Kids in Service group made Seeds of Kindness.  After reading the book, Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson, I was inspired to find a simple way for the kids in my group to start their own Pay it Forward project.  

Each family was given this cute little smile bag that I found on Oriental Trading and some emoji magnets (also from Oriental Trading).  The kids made happy pictures with uplifting messages on them, “You are Special!”Thanks for Being YOU!” and enclosed the magnet inside of their folded up picture.  They were then encouraged to pass out their Seeds of Kindness to the people that they encountered over the summer.

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Will you and your family accept this mission of KINDNESS?

Your Mission:  Create simple Seeds of Kindness to help brighten the day of the people you meet when you are out and about in the world.

Supplies:  paper, drawing materials, a bag to hold the Seeds of Kindness so you can take them on the go (a ziplock works great).

Optional Supplies: fun magnets, a dollar scratch ticket, single stemmed flowers, a happy eraser, a pretty stone, $5 gift card for a coffee (the possibilities are endless).

Procedure: Work as a family to create happy and uplifting drawings.  Everyone who can hold a crayon without eating it can participate in this part! Write uplifting messages on the drawings (You are Special, You are One of a Kind, Thanks for Being You, You are going a Great Job, Thanks for Being a Light in this World, Thanks for your Smiles etc.).  Fold up the drawings into small squares (“seeds”) and put them in a bag of your choice so you can take them with you on the go.

Optional:  Add a fun magnet, a dollar scratch ticket, a flower a happy eraser, a pretty stone or a $5 gift card for coffee or lunch to the seeds.

Keep the Seeds of Kindness with you in the car or while you are on the go and when you see someone who has gone above and beyond or someone who looks like they could use a pick me up, give them a Seed of Kindness.  Perhaps the mailman looks a little blue, the woman at the checkout was extra friendly or a mom with screaming children looks like she could use some kindness.  These Seeds of Kindness are meant to be spread around and given to EVERYONE.  My family loves to give them to the toll attendants (along with a $5 gift card at the Holidays) and their reactions are alway priceless.

Kindness, Making a Difference, Quick Service Projects

Birthday Boxes

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Birthday’s come but once a year and are a great reason to celebrate another trip around the sun.  Unfortunately for some, birthdays are an added expense that can not be afforded.  With a few simple items and a shoebox, you can create a birthday box to bless someone in need with a grand celebration.

What do you need for a birthday box?

1 box of cake mix

1 tub of frosting

birthday candles (no matches)

1-2 decorations (balloons, banner, streamers and/or party hat etc.)

small unisex toys or favors (stickers, crayons, markers, toy ball, small LEGO etc.)

a shoebox or small plastic rectangular box

We donated the birthday boxes we made to our local food bank and they distributed them out to families in need.  This is an easy project for all ages and can make a big difference in the life of a child.  You could even make this a tradition to put birthday boxes together on your children’s birthday.  Everyone deserves the chance to celebrate their birthday.

Meet Bella, a third grader from Kentucky who builds birthday boxes to ensure that the children in her school are all able to celebrate their birthdays!  What an INCREDIBLE kid!!

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“The Birthday Box  is a “party in a box” that is anonymously delivered to children
who may not otherwise have a celebration on their special day.”

Kindness, Quick Service Projects, Seasonal, Service Projects for Families

Celebrate May Day

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May Day, celebrated on May 1st, is an ancient holiday that welcomes the change of seasons.  In the Northern Hemisphere it marks the return of spring (it takes awhile for spring to get to the Northern United States) and often involves dances around a maypole, the crowning of a May Queen and the creating of May Baskets.  This holiday is still celebrated around the world but it is mostly forgotten in the US.  It is my hope that this will change.

May Baskets are my favorite part of May Day.  For the past few years, the children and I have left May Day Baskets anonymously on the doorsteps of friends and family.  These simple baskets are made out of construction paper and contain spring treasures that we collect (flowers, rocks, pinecones, shells etc.), homemade cards that say, “Happy May Day” and treats that we bake.   The kids love ringing the doorbell and running away before being seen.

May Day is a fun and simple holiday that is all about KINDNESS and celebrating the beauty of spring.  Check out this post from Skip to My Lou for 10 May Day Basket ideas.  If you want to learn more about the history of May Day Baskets, check out this NPR post.

Do you celebrate May Day?  We’d love to see photos of your celebration.

 

Gratitude, hygge for families, Kindness

Project Appreciation


For this sweet project you need to gather everyone in the kitchen to bake together.  I know what you are thinking parents…do I want to have to clean up a big mess?  Wouldn’t it be easier to bake the treats myself?  I promise that involving your kids (even the little guys) will be a much more rewarding service project.  Trust me, it will be worth it!

Will you and your family accept this mission of APPRECIATION?

Your Mission:  Bake a sweet treat for a group of people who serve your community.  Have your children create a thank you note to go along with the treat.  Deliver the treat and let that group know how much you appreciate all they do.

Supplies:  a kitchen, baking supplies, the ingredients for a NUT FREE treat (cookies, brownies, cupcakes etc), a container that you are willing to give away, paper and writing/coloring tools

Procedure: Pick a community group that your family would like to bake for. Perhaps you bring the treats to the fire station, the police station, the librarians, your school custodians, the workers at the town dump, the town employees, the postal workers, the snow plow drivers or your parish office.  The possibilities are endless for this project!!

Work together to bake a sweet treat like cookies, cupcakes or brownies (try to keep everything nut free and label that you did so).  Package the treats up in a container that you are willing to give away (saving a few for family hygge time) and create a thank you card to go along with the treats (click here for a FREE Kids in Service Thank You Card Printable).  Deliver the treats as a family to the intended community group.  Try to coordinate the drop off time with the hours that they are open.

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This is one of my favorite hands-on service projects for kids and it can be done with ages 2 and up.  Who will you and your children bake for???

Did you complete this mission?  

Take pictures of the process and email them to us at communityserviceforkids@gmail.com.  

We’d love to include your children in our Incredible Kids of the month!