Children's Activities, Children's Development

Ways to Inspire and Encourage Kindness

The work to create a kinder world never ends! Did you know that for more than 20 years, the nonprofit Random Acts of Kindness has been spreading just that: kindness. 

There is no limit on the amount of goodness we can put into the world! Today and everyday is dedicated to kindness and taking that extra, conscious step to brighten somebody’s day. Founded with the intention of encouraging more harmony and kindness between people by offering thoughtful gestures of kindness, no matter how big or small. 

Here’s how you can create a colorful bulletin board with joyful tasks to spread joy and observe Random Acts of Kindness Day celebration on Thursday, February 17, 2022 and help #MakeKindnesstheNorm.

Step 1. Start by choosing a theme and a favorite quote on kindness.

Here are a few that would make great bulletin board ideas:

  • Bee Kind
  • Spread Joy Like Confetti
  • “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud” – Maya Angelou
  • “No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted”- Aesop

Step 2. Create your kindness cards.  Brainstorm your kindness activity list and post them on separate task cards on the bulletin board.

Here are a few ideas that kids can do:

  • Leave a kind note in a library book
  • Paint rocks with a kindness message and leave them in nature for others to discover
  • Blow bubbles for younger kids at the park
  • Let a sibling play with your favorite toy
  • Do an unexpected chore

Step 3. Take action. Encourage children to take a kindness slip off the board and try to complete the kindness act.

Once the task is completed, they can come back for another! Fill the bulletin board with feel good activities to spread joy.

Step 4. Make a literacy connection: Read kindness themed books to get the positive energy flowing!

Below are books to use as a jump off point for class discussions or for your kindness themed book shelf.

Stephanie Standley M. Ed. is a mom, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. She received her undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Psychology as well as a Master of Education-Literacy from the University of San Diego. Stephanie has 12+ years of classroom experience as a teacher and currently supports students in Special Education. She is inspired to use evidence-based practices to educate children in creative and engaging ways.