These are the 7 Best Kindness Activities for Kids that will Help You Reinforce the Golden Rule with Your Children
Work with your kids to make positive impacts. Here are 7 fun and interactive kindness activities for kids to help encourage the Golden Rule
By Eric Openshaw on October 18, 2021
This article about kindness activities for kids is sponsored by The Golden Rule Project.
How much do you practice the Golden Rule in your everyday life? With politics, social media, and the current state of the world, you might have forgotten to practice the Golden Rule as much as you should. The Golden Rule, or treating others the way you would like to be treated, is a fundamental principle that can really help your happiness and happiness in the lives of the people around you. Especially your kids. That’s why you should start working with your kids early to make positive impacts on the people around them. Here are 7 fun and interactive kindness activities for kids to help boost the Golden Rule in your kids’ lives.
1. Play A Team-building Game With Friends
Teamwork is essential to being able to practice the Golden Rule. Being able to practice those skills in games that are entertaining is a real bonus! Unicef’s Kid Power released a great list of team-building games that includes everything from ‘tag with a twist’ to ‘freeze dance’.
2. Volunteer at a Local Animal Shelter
Volunteering at places like The Humane Society of Utah or Best Friends Animal Society are great places to start. Volunteering at an animal shelter can show kids how to be empathetic and it can boost their kindness. After all, who can be mad when the animals you are helping out are soooo cute!
3. Do a Family Fun Run to Raise Money for a Charitable Cause
Getting out and being active is great for you and your family’s health and well-being. but being able to help contribute to a great cause will help you and your kids feel good all around. Make sure to discuss what kinds of charitable causes are important to you and your family and check out current and future fun runs in Utah here.
4. Make it a Routine to Read Books about Friendship
The ability to make and keep friends can be beneficial for your child’s entire life. So start them off with a few new classics and old favorites from the list that PBS Kids put together. This list has books for all different ages and you’re bound to find something that will speak to you and your children!
5. Teach the Golden Rule with the Golden Rule Project
The Golden Rule Project is helping people remember and practice the Golden Rule. All of us need to be reminded how important it is to treat others the way we want to be treated. By practicing acts of kindness and compassion, and being more empathic to those around us, we activate our hearts, elevate our lives, and strengthen our communities.
This year to support October National Bullying Prevention Month, The Golden Rule Project partnered with R. Harold Burton Foundation, Spy Hop Productions, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake, and Phillips Gallery, to launch the project Build A PSA. It’s a multi-media initiative where kids can share their opinions on how to disarm bullying using their interpretation of the Golden Rule.
You can learn more about the Golden Rule Project and find out how you can volunteer with them at goldenruleproject.org.
6. Donate Your Pre-loved Items to Those in Need
Donating old clothing and toys is a great way to teach your kids empathy for the people in your community. Plus, it boosts their money and possession management skills early on. Helping others and contributing to something outside of themselves will teach kids how to become respectable adults. Overall, it can help give them a bigger sense of purpose.
7. Set An Example for Good Kind Behavior Everyday
This is the easiest activity out of all of them on this list. Setting a good example for your children in your day-to-day life is so important in encouraging your kids to be kind. Just telling them to be kind won’t have the same impact. You can be an incredible role model for your children. And your children will learn from your good example.