Start a kindness movement in your school or community with these kindness project ideas for elementary school and kids of all ages! Although optimally, kindness starts at home, it definitely needs to be reinforced in the school environment. Not all children see kindness modeled at home, though, which makes it all the more vital that they receive and see kindness at school or through other adults. After all, kids need to see kindness in the places they spend most of their day, and in an environment where they’ll interact with most people.
Kindness Project Ideas for Kids
Kindness matters, especially with kids. A kind act or kind word can turn a child’s day around. Promoting kindness helps reduce bullying and disruptive behavior and increases social awareness and emotional well-being.
Encouraging kindness and compassion are well worth it because those little acts of kindness spread quickly!
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Kindness Ideas from Natural Beach Living
Here you’ll find ideas for teachers, students, and parents to spread kindness at school. Since children spend so much of their time here, it’s important that the school is a kind, supportive place. Every person who does a kind act makes a difference!
Teaching kids to be kind and considerate starts at a young age. If you want to raise kind kids, check out this list of ideas for preschoolers and kindergarteners to get in on the kindness action.
This is our HUGE collection of random acts of kindness, and you don’t want to miss it! We’re on a mission to spread kindness wherever we can, and there are loads of cute, easy, and FUN ideas to try here.
Practicing kindness starts by teaching kindness, and these books help you do just that. Make sure your home library or school library is stocked with a few of these books!
More Kindness Project Ideas for Kids
Kindness Tree from naturalbeachliving.com: Our Kindness Tree is a great way for families to express kindness to each other, but this can also be used in the classroom. Keep some hearts and markers close to the tree (as well as a hole punch and string) so that kids can add a kind message for someone whenever they’d like.
Kindness Rocks from naturalbeachliving.com: Kindness rocks are a great way to spread smiles! You can hide these on the playground at school (if permission is given), or put them around your community to bring a little cheer into your neighborhood.
Kids Kindness Challenge from naturalbeachliving.com: Use our printable to take the kindness challenge! This is a great way to get the whole school involved. It includes ideas that students can do individually, in a classroom, or as a school. Imagine the people you could help if each student donates a can of food!
Random Acts of Kindness Printable Cards from naturalbeachliving.com: Leave treats and fun surprises around the school with these beautiful printable tags attached.
Kindness Bookmarks from naturalbeachliving.com: Leave some bookmarks in the school library. You can put some at the front desk for people to grab when they check out books and insert some into popular books for people to find.
Random Acts of Kindness Lunchbox Notes from naturalbeachliving.com: Lunchtime is a great time to remind students to be kind to one another. It’s a prime time for socializing, and a genuine smile or eating with someone who’s sitting alone can make such a big difference in a child’s day. These can be handed out along with the kids’ lunch trays or given out at the lunch table.
Random Acts of Kindness Christmas Basket – Delivery Driver Snack Sign: during the holiday season service workers are extra busy, so providing them with a drink and snack is such a thoughtful way to say thank you and show your appreciation.
Kindness Activities for Kids
Sunbeam Kindness Challenge: Teaching children they can be little shining lights of kindness to others is no small task, but it can be so rewarding. If you’re looking for ways to encourage generosity in your classroom or family, you’re going to love the sunbeam acts of kindness challenge.
You’ve been Egged Challenge or Project: spread a little extra kindness and cheer to your friends, school, classrooms, and neighbors this spring season by egging people with kindness.
Random Acts of Kindness Dinner Basket and Kindness Printable: Show someone you care by surprising them with a Random Acts of Kindness Meal. You can ask everyone in the class or school to donate items from the grocery store to create several Random Acts of Kindness Dinner Baskets for those in need.
Kindness Pencil Toppers from coffeeandcarpool.com: Kids can make these to share with their classmates to share some kind words, but this is a great way for teachers to do the same. Anytime a child needs a pencil, their day gets a little brighter.
Acts of Kindness
Book and a Treat from growingbookbybook.com: Donate books to the free library in your area (or to your school library), and attach a gift card for a treat at a local restaurant with a binder clip. What a nice idea! The recipient gets two gifts in one.
Kindness Clips from happinessishomemade.net: We’ve mentioned this one before, but this is such a fun idea for a school-wide kindness project. It’s so easy to discreetly clip one of these kindness clips onto someone’s backpack or jacket to give the recipient a little confidence boost during the school day.
Bucket Filler Ideas for the Classroom from proudtobeprimary.com: Have children sort sentences into “bucket fillers” or “bucket dippers” to help them learn which actions are supportive and which are negative.
Bucket Filler Snack from lessons4littleones: Add pom poms to “buckets” made by the children whenever they do something kind. When the bucket is full, the pom-poms magically turn into snacks or goodies.
Blessing Bags from wondermomwannabe: Work together as a classroom to collect items for blessing bags for the homeless in the area. This is a wonderful project for the holidays but would be welcome anytime during the year.
Simple Acts of Kindness
Paper Chain of Kindness from sugarspiceandglitter.com: Let the children add a link to the paper chain of kindness to acknowledge whenever someone is kind to them. This can be an ongoing, collaborative project that lasts for a week, a month, or the entire school year.
Pet Supplies Collection for Animal Shelter from seevanessacraft.com: Animal shelters are so often in need of extra food, blankets, and toys for the animals to play with. A school drive to collect these items would make some furry friends very happy!
Kindness Placemats for Senior Citizens from coffeecupsandcrayons.com: Partner with your local Meals on Wheels or nursing home to allow kids to create these cheerful placemats for seniors to use when eating their meals. It’s a sweet way to let them know you care.
Post Cards for Seniors from sunnydayfamily.com: Speaking of seniors in nursing homes, some of them may not have family or friends who can write to them. Why not send some happy mail as a class? These colorable postcards are sure to bring about some smiles.
Acts of Kindness Bingo from fantasticfunandlearning.com: Kids can take the “Things to Do at School” BINGO sheet with them to school and see if they can cross off items horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. Challenge them to get BINGO in one day… or one week… or challenge them to fill up the entire card in a month!
Kindness Poster from squirrellyminds.com: Put kindness posters up throughout the school as frequent reminders for the kids and staff to be kind to each other.
Kindness Tic Tac Toe from happygoluckyblog.com: Create a kindness tic tac toe like this one, but perhaps change it for items that can be completed at the school. For instance, “pick up trash at a local park” could be changed to “pick up trash on the playground.” Challenge kids to complete 3 acts of kindness in a row, and present them with a certificate or token of appreciation for their kindness when they complete it.
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? Craft from glitteronadime.com: This sensory activity is a great way to reinforce the concepts in the Have You Filled a Bucket Today book with young children. They can shape playdough into whatever they’d like to represent kindness—whether that’s hearts, playdough buckets, or something else. They then use the other materials that represent kindness to “fill it up.”
Pin this list of kindness projects for elementary school to come back to anytime you want to start a kindness initiative!