15 Kindness Activities for Kids to Help Them Grow in Good Spirits

As the world becomes increasingly more competitive, kindness can give you a significant advantage over your peers.

Kindness is one of the critical characteristics of happiness. Kids who are kind tend to be happier and more well-adjusted than kids who are not. Acts of kindness have long-lasting effects, and by practicing kindness, kids can develop empathy, trust, resilience, and optimism.

So what kinds of activities can we, parents and caregivers, offer our children to help them feel happy and good about themselves? Listed below are 10 ideas that will boost their self-esteem and make them feel good about themselves. Take a look!

1. Do Something Good for Someone Else

“Do something good for someone else” is a simple but powerful idea. If you ask a child to perform random acts of kindness to another child, he or she is more likely to want to behave kindly toward others.

2. Share The Things and Happiness

It may be hard to believe, but a great way to get kids excited about kindness is to ask them to think of other people. When we do this, we’re tapping into their empathy muscles, the same set of muscles that allow us to understand other people’s emotions.

It’s easy to get kids to share their toys and activities, but not all parents are good at asking for what they want. It’s easier to just take, but children are learning from the moment they crawl that sharing and taking are part of life.

3. Play a Team-Building Games

Games that require cooperation and teamwork are perfect. The kids should play team-building games like “Duck Duck Goose,” “Poker,” “Mafia,” and “Pass the Parcel” or “Tag.” Such games teach children how to work together, along with improving their concentration.

These games also teach children to take turns and be considerate of others. If the game requires a lot of running around, it also helps teach children to keep up with others.

4. Play a Team-Building Games

Kids are naturally kind, but it’s easy to lose that kindness if it doesn’t become ingrained in our society. So why not start teaching children to be kind? Asking your child to say thank you is a simple and effective way to show them gratitude and kindness.

If your child is old enough to read, ask them to make a thank you note for you (a simple Google search will provide you with some good ideas for wording).

Even better, if you happen to know a teacher, ask them if they could mention your child’s kind acts on the class roster or in the notes that go home after a day of school.

5. Send a Gift

Ask children to share a simple act of kindness with another child. Or teach them to give a gift to someone in need. You can simply give another kid a sticker or play a game with them. 

Children who show kindness are likely to feel happier, so you can expect that they’ll become more generous over time. Don’t forget to let the children know that you’re impressed by their kind deeds and that you’ll tell your parents.

6. Be Nice to Everyone

The next step is to ask them to be nice to others. They can be given a specific task, such as writing an apology letter to a friend or being extra nice to a teacher who gave them a hard time in school. You can ask them to help around the house or do something they enjoy.

The key is to let them choose the activity and to make sure that they are genuinely happy to do it. Once they’ve done their little task, reward them with something they like, such as a sticker or a piece of candy.

7. Smile at People

Studies have revealed that people who smile are perceived to be happier than those who frown, and smiles can be spreadable.

So if you’re looking to get some smiles around, ask kids to give people a smile. “What’s the first thing you’d do if someone gave you a smile?” “Would you like to give someone a smile?” “What if someone smiled at you?” “Would you like to give someone a smile?” This will have an impact on everyone you meet.

8. Tell People You Love Them

It’s a fun way to teach children about the power of gratitude through this kindness activity. Children and adults alike will enjoy hearing about all the people in their life that make them feel loved. Ask them to tell people you love them.

9. Compliment People

Studies have shown that if you compliment a person, especially if that person isn’t expecting it, they will be more likely to like you. In the same way, you can increase your chances of getting someone to buy from you by complimenting them.

Complimenting people is an excellent way to help children develop a sense of interest in others.

10. Give People the Gift of Help

Ask them to Give People the Gift of Help. Encourage them to help strangers without expecting anything in return. Try to make the activity as easy and natural as possible.

11. Listen to People

Try doing something small for others to ensure kindness doesn’t get lost in our busy lives. For example, ask kids to listen to someone else. Tell them you need them to pay attention to the person next to you without talking.

Explain that they should listen and nod or shake their head up or down. If the child nods or shakes, they hear what you said and agree with it. If they don’t nod or shake their head, they don’t hear or disagree with you. Then tell the child they can talk after they’ve listened to the person.

12. Be Kind to Animals

When you’re trying to teach kids to be kind, it’s essential to start small and build up over time. Kindness to animals is an excellent place to begin. Ask children if they can think of anyone who’s kind to animals. Let them know it’s okay to name someone.

13. Plant Something

Ask them to Plant Something. This is a fun activity that teaches kindness and responsibility. To plant something, take dirt from the yard and use it to make a tiny plant. Then, use a paintbrush or toothbrush to add color. Ask your child to water the plant.

14. Give Little Donations

Don’t forget to ask your child for a donation to charity. Just don’t ask them for a specific dollar amount; ask them if they would be willing to make a donation for something you’ve chosen for them to donate. Kids love being asked for money, even if the gift isn’t for them.

15. Visit the Elderly More Often

Children who interact with their grandparents and other older relatives are happier, more confident, and more helpful to others than children who don’t.

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Kindness activities are fun ways for kids to learn to be kind to others while being happy at the same time. Children who are kind to others are happier and more resilient, so you should try these activities with your kids.

In fact, this is the very reason why the kind hearts of so many people have grown to become the most enormous and most compassionate hearts on the planet today.

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