The world can always use more kindness. Fortunately, kindness is something we can teach our children at home and in the classroom. We love participating in random acts of kindness for kids and families to encourage everyone to be more kind.
This fall, I’m very excited to share some of our favorite random acts of kindness for fall with a new free printable. You’ll get tons of awesome ideas for acts of kindness for kids with this printable checklist. Plus, I’m going to share our favorite kindness circle time activities and books about kindness for the fall season.
How to Teach Kids About Showing Kindness
Kindness is something that kids aren’t born with; it’s something we all learn over time. The good news is that it’s a skill we can practice and teach our children in all kinds of new ways.
So how can you get started teaching your kids about showing kindness?
The easiest way to encourage our children to be kind is by being kind to others. If they see us being kind, they’re more likely to show kindness to others too. Remember, being kind is contagious!
A smile, a hug, or a “thank you” can go a long way toward preventing bullying in school, at home, and in the community. As a family, we participate in random acts of kindness and encourage each other to these challenges to show kindness. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to teach our kids to be kind too.
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Books to Encourage Random Acts of Kindness for Fall
If you’re just beginning to talk about showing kindness or encouraging acts of kindness for kids, books can be a great place to start. Reading about relatable characters in bright and colorful picture books is a great way to encourage empathy with even the youngest learners. Check out some of our favorite books to encourage random acts of kindness for fall below.
Reading any of these books aloud to your kids is a great way to begin a conversation about random acts of kindness for fall and showing kindness all year round. Reading books aloud to children (even kids who can read independently) is an excellent way to help them build literacy skills and expand their vocabulary.
Acts of kindness for kids
Encouraging Kindness in Circle Time
If you’re beginning to explore acts of kindness for kids with preschoolers or early elementary learners, you can use your circle time or morning basket activities to encourage them to be kind and show empathy.
Check out some of our favorite random acts of kindness for fall that you can do during your morning time together.
Circle time is a great opportunity to put values into action by giving kids the opportunity to express kindness to their classmates, siblings, or families. Don’t miss this chance to help your kids spread kindness and joy to themselves and those around them.
Fill a jar with acts of kindness for kids to complete during circle time. Try to choose short and simple random acts of kindness for this activity. It could be as simple as giving someone a thumbs up or a high-five.
Need more ideas for your kindness jar activity?
Check out my random acts of kindness jar activity to get some great ideas you can print for your own kindness jar to use at home or in the classroom.
Playing the compliment game together is another simple way to encourage acts of kindness for kids at home and in the classroom. This is a simple no-prep game you can play with kids of any age when you need a quick kindness activity.
Here’s how you play: choose one person to sit in the middle of the circle. Then, everyone around the circle takes turns complimenting them. Once everyone has had a turn, swap out whoever is in the middle and continue until everyone has had a turn in the center.
Free Printable Random Acts of Kindness for Kids
I’ve created this free printable random acts of kindness for fall fun that you can use to encourage everyone at home or in the classroom to be kind this year. Post these free printables where everyone can see to encourage lots of participation or make it into a challenge for the whole family.
We like to print one free printable per family member and have kids cross off acts of kindness as they complete them. Want to see what’s on these free printable acts of kindness for kids?
Here’s some of what’s on the list:
- Bake cookies for someone
- Give someone a compliment
- Go on a clean-up nature walk
- Give mittens to people in need
- Donate old books
- Do an extra chore in the house
- Rake someone’s leaves
- Put quarters by a vending machine
- Donate to a pet shelter
- Open the door for someone
- Leave a gift for your mail carrier
- Drop off food at a food pantry
These are just a few of the 30 acts of kindness for kids included on this free printable checklist. I’ve also added a blank free printable random acts of kindness for the fall page that you can use to fill in special acts of kindness for siblings, parents, or grandparents.
More Random Acts of Kindness Activities to Try
If you love random acts of kindness activities as much as we do and want to keep going, don’t miss some of these other great acts of kindness activities and printables for the whole family:
30-Day Kindness Challenge
Random acts of kindness for fall
FREE PRINTABLE KINDNESS ACTIVITIES
Do you have a favorite way to do random acts of kindness for fall with your family? Share your favorite kindness activities and tips for teaching kindness to kids in the comments. I can’t wait to read them and try a few with my family too!