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101 Kindness Acts for Kids

Here are 101 of our favorite kindness acts for kids! Kindness is contagious and paying it forward can be extremely rewarding.

This blog post includes some free printables to help you get started with making the world a better place!

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What is Kindness and Why is it Important?

According to Mark Twain (American author), kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see. Kindness is universal; It can transcend boundaries, race, and even disabilities. Kindness is being nice to someone else without expecting anything in return – It’s seeing with our heart.

There are numerous scientific studies that discuss the long term benefits of engaging in random acts of kindness. According to  Diana Samuel, MD, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, kindness acts can help us feel more connected to each other, which in turn, strengthens our sense of belonging; being kind can directly influence loneliness and improve relationships. Kindness has the potential to change you, me, our children and impact our world on a large scale. 

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Being kind can go a long way toward improving our emotional wellbeing. A 2019 study in The Journal of Social Psychology found that people who performed kindness activities for seven days saw a boost in happiness. Kindness is truly amazing!

Our Kindness Begins With Me coloring book series is the perfect tool to reinforce the power and beauty of kindness. These coloring books have beautiful kindness quotes on playful backgrounds that can encourage children to have more compassion and empathy towards others. Click on the images below to check them out!

3 Health Benefits of Kindness

Paying it forward and being kind has some incredible benefits! Here are a few mind blowing scientific facts:

Kindness decreases pain – Engaging in acts of kindness produces endorphins—the brain’s natural painkiller! Lizette Borreli, Medical Daily

Kindness decreases stressPerpetually kind people have 23% less cortisol (the stress hormone) and age slower than the average population! Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 1998

Kindness decreases anxietyA group of highly anxious individuals performed at least six acts of kindness a week. After one month, there was a significant increase in positive moods, relationship satisfaction and a decrease in social avoidance in socially anxious individuals. University of British Columbia Study

This is just a snippet of the many benefits of being kind. Incredible right?!

One of the best ways to foster kindness is through regularly participating in kindness acts. Here are 101 ways to help you do that. These kindness acts are not just for kids! Please feel free to participate alongside your kids. 

Don’t forget to download our free 30 Days of Kindness Challenge PDF. This PDF file includes a colored and black and white version. I’ve also included a free Kindness Begins With Me coloring a page from our kindness coloring book series. This coloring page is a great addition to your discussions about kindness. 

This 30 day challenge does not have to be completed in order and it does not have to be done for 30 days consecutively. These kindness acts can be incorporated into your schedule at your convenience.

I’ve divided these 101 kindness acts into different categories, so you can decide with your child or class, which area they’d like to focus on first or you can make your way through the list at your own pace.

These kindness acts can also be tweaked if necessary. Feel free to simplify or up level certain tasks depending on your location or age of children. Here we go!

Acts of Kindness for Family and Friends

kids washing car

Here are some kindness acts for kids that can be completed with family and friends! 

1. Help your parents  – When it comes to being helpful, sometimes it is nice for kids to help without being asked. For example, if they notice someone is struggling carrying bags, they can offer to help. 

2. Be kind to your siblings Siblings are bound to disagree, so this can be an excellent kindness act for kids to embrace. 

3. Clear the table after dinner This is a lovely way to show a bit of appreciation for the meal that has just been enjoyed. 

4. Write letters to family members, especially elderly relatives Sometimes families don’t live close by or you don’t see them as often. Writing a letter can be a lovely way to show someone you are thinking of them. Elderly relatives could really appreciate something like this. 

5. Read your younger siblings a bedtime story This is a lovely opportunity for some extra bonding between siblings. Older children get to practice reading, and younger siblings enjoy listening to stories told in a different way. 

6. Look after pets without needing to be askedLet’s be honest here. Most of the time, the responsibility of pets always seems to fall on the grown ups in the household, so helping take care of pets could be a fun thing for kids to do. Some suggestions include, cleaning out a pet cage, feeding them or refreshing their water bowl, and taking them out for a walk if appropriate. 

7. Help siblings with homeworkOffering help with school work can be a blessing in disguise for your siblings and is a great way to show some extra support and kindness within the family. 

8. Tidy your room or put things awayA small gesture, but one that can go a long way. When kids help with tidying a room, or putting things away when they no longer need them, they can save others from having to tidy up after them. 

9. Elf on the shelf ideasUse the elves that visit at Christmas time as a way to encourage random acts of kindness. This blog has a printable with lots of different ideas for each day of December. 

Find out more about it here

10. Show your family some appreciationA quick way to show some kindness is through appreciation. This post is called the Family Appreciation Project and it has some great ideas about how to show appreciation towards our family members. 

Find out more about it here

Other suggestions of kindness acts for kids when it comes to your family and friends:

11.  Facetime a grandparent

12. Check-in on an elderly relative 

13. Set the table for dinner

14. Send a postcard or a letter to a friend

15. Clean up your toys without being asked

16. Give high fives to your friends

17. Leave positive affirmations in places that your family will see

18. Write kindness notes to your parents

19. Share a special toy with a friend

20. Take care of a friend or family member’s pet while they are away

21. Clean your room without being asked

22. Prepare breakfast in bed for your parents

23. Bring a treat to a friend

24. Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while 

25. Put the groceries away

26. Tell someone what you love about them

27. Hugs

28. Help cook dinner

29. Make a handmade gift for someone

30. Really listen to a friend. 

31. Recycle at home 

32. Plant something in your garden

33. Wash your parent’s cars

34. Wash a neighbor’s car

35. Offer to cut the grass

36. Do some gardening for your family

37. Do some gardening tasks for a neighbor

38. Plan a family night 

39. Create a kindness jar filled with lots of positive messages 


Acts of Kindness for the Community

Children picking up litter

Showing kindness within our families or amongst our friends may come naturally for many people, but how do we encourage our kids to show kindness on a larger scale? Here are some suggestions. 

40. Make blessing bags for the homelessSometimes there are people in the community that need extra support. These blessing bags are a great way to give back to the community. 

Find out how to make yours here

41. Care bagsFilled with essentials for people who may be struggling and are homeless. A care bag can be a great way to pay it forward.

Find out how to make yours here

42. Picking up litter This is a small but valuable act of kindness. Picking litter within the community or perhaps in your local parks can be a great way for kids to feel involved within their neighborhood. 

43. Make something to hand outAnother thing you could encourage is getting creative. For example, I found a blog post where you can make bookmarks. You can then ask your children to add kind messages to them. Simply handing these out in your local area can give someone else a huge boost when they receive one.

Find out how to make them here

Other suggestions of kindness acts for kids when it comes to your community include:

44. Make kindness rocks and leave them throughout the neighborhood

45. Donate your old toys to a charity shop

46. Donate outgrown clothes to a charity shop

47. Thank the cashier at the store. 

48. Leave change in the vending machine 

49. Ask your parents to leave change in a parking meter

50. Organize a little clean-up at your local park

51. Make a poster for your park

52. Dry the play area equipment when it has rained

53. Feed the birds

54. Feed the local wildlife

55. Write chalk messages on the sidewalk 

56. Give the mailman or woman a letter saying thank you

57. Leave water out for delivery people

58. Leave snacks out at your front door

59. Leave a bowl of water for dogs walking by

60. Give out drinks on a hot day

61. Help out at a local animal shelter

62. Offer help in local shops or charities

63. Get involved in local events

64. Leave a positive note in a book for someone to find

65. Put some change in an envelope and leave it in a store with a little note

66. Hold the door open for someone

67. Wave at other people

68. Smile at everyone

69. Return someone’s cart at the store

70. Donate books to your local doctor’s office

71. Make pictures for your local doctor or dentist’s office

72. Donate toys to the children’s ward at the hospital

73. Donate your outgrown clothes 

74. Gift your outgrown school uniforms to friends who have younger siblings 

75. Bring flowers for your teacher 

76. Hold the door open for someone 

77. Volunteer at school

Acts of Kindness on a Global Scale

Kindness Rocks

Finally, there are other ways you can encourage kindness beyond your local community. Here are some of the things you could consider: 

78. Participate in a beach clean upYou won’t believe the amount of garbage that can be washed up on our beaches. These are the things that endanger our beautiful oceans and sea life. So, a great act of kindness could be to participate in a beach clean-up. 

79. Pick up some litter while on vacationIf you are heading on vacation, then this is the perfect chance to do a quick litter pick-up while you are exploring. This might be at the beach or in the parks where you are playing. 

80. Send care packagesYou might want to create a care package for someone that lives in a different area to you. There are many websites that can show you how to do this. 

81. Put together a package for a family in need around the holidaysThere are usually many different organizations needing different care packages, especially around the holiday season. You usually fill them with toiletries and small things and they can be sent off to countries in need. 

82. Donate school uniforms There might be places in your community where you can send your outgrown school uniform. You could also get the school involved and they can do a mass collection for a school in a third-world country that would be very appreciative of it. 

Other suggestions of kindness acts for kids globally include:

83. Try walking to school more often, if possible, to help the environment

84. Bring someone a souvenir from a trip 

85. Say hello as you walk by people 

86. Start a conversation with other kids while on holiday 

87. Give some of your allowance to a global charity 

88. Volunteer at a charity that services many countries world wide

89. Adopt an animal at a zoo in another country

90. Adopt an animal in the wild 

91. Leave kindness rocks anywhere you travel

Acts of Kindness Kids can do for Themselves

Kids Dancing

Finally, I wanted to share a few kindness acts that children can do for themselves. It is important to encourage kindness within as well as externally. Here are some of the ideas that they can try:

92. Breathing – Breathing is so important! Asking our kids to take a few moments just to breathe is a huge act of kindness that they can do for themselves, especially in difficult situations. Here is a mindfulness art activity that encourages kids to focus on their breath.

93. Sing a song 

94. Dance

95. Laugh out loud

96. Be yourself 

97. Do something that makes YOU happy 

98. Treat yourself 

99. Use positive affirmations 

100. Practice gratitude 

101. Positive self-talk

Consistency is important if you want to reap the physical and emotional health benefits of kindness. Don’t think of a random act of kindness as a one-and-done event, but rather part of an ongoing everyday effort.

Happy Kids

Making the world a kinder place might seem overwhelming for children  but creating an atmosphere of kindness in our homes, classrooms, and in their daily lives can help create a generation with the capability to do just that. Kindness begins with me and you! 

Here are some other blog posts you might be interested in:

  1. 15 Mindfulness Activities in the Classroom
  2. 20 Mindfulness Art Activities
  3. Zentangles – Patterns for beginners (Part 1)
  4. Cute Doodles to Draw – Step by Step
  5. 15 Self-esteem Activities

Final Thoughts

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Don’t forget to download our free 15 page Mindfulness coloring book to help add a few mindful moments to your child’s day. Just click here or the image below!


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