Doing acts of kindness is one of the best activities you can do with your kids. It’s a great way to bond as a family, a lot of fun and teaches kids about compassion and service.
Any act of kindness no matter how big or small can make a difference–especially when done intentionally. Here are 100 acts of kindness for kids that you and your family can do together!
100 Acts of Kindness for Kids
- Put change in a vending machine.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Do a chore for someone without them knowing.
- Tell a joke.
- Return someone’s cart at the store.
- Give candy to your bank teller.
- Leave a letter in a library book.
- Feed the birds.
- Leave happy notes around town.
- Put a small bin in your car to collect recycling.
- Call your grandparents and ask them about their childhood.
- Pick up litter.
- Let someone go ahead of you in line.
- Compliment a friend.
- Wash someone’s car.
- Write a thank you note for your mail carrier.
- Plant something.
- Bake dessert for a neighbor
- Walk dogs at the animal shelter.
- Check in on an elderly neighbor.
- Set up a lemonade stand and donate the profits.
- Send a card to a service member.
- Bury treasure at the playground.
- Set the table for dinner.
- Leave bubbles on someone’s doorstep.
- Put money on a stranger’s layaway bill.
- Tell someone why they are special to you.
- Donate outgrown clothes.
- Buy a coffee for a stranger.
- Pass out stickers to kids waiting in line.
- Talk to someone new at school.
- Write chalk messages on the sidewalk.
- Weed or shovel for a neighbor.
- Donate food to the food pantry.
- Bring flowers to your teacher.
- Tell a manager how good your service was.
- Tape change to a parking meter.
- Donate socks and supplies to the homeless shelter.
- Give a lottery ticket to a stranger.
- Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while to say hello.
- Tape money for the ice cream truck to a friend’s front door.
- Take treats to the fire station.
- Read a book to someone.
- Leave heads up pennies on the sidewalk.
- Donate a book to a doctor’s office waiting room.
- Tell someone how much you love them.
- Say hello to everyone you see.
- Make someone else’s bed.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Wave at kids on school buses.
- Sing songs at a nursing home.
- Invite someone to play on the playground.
- Tell the principal how great your teacher is.
- Donate a toy to Toys for Tots.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
- Say thank you when you see service members.
- Fill a kindness jar with candy for another family.
- Make a thank you sign for sanitation workers.
- Make a busy bag for a family with young children.
- Bring cookies to the custodian.
- Help make dinner.
- Donate new pajamas for foster kids.
- Make a get well card for someone.
- Bring your neighbors’ garbage cans up for them.
- Take care of someone’s pet while they’re away.
- Leave a popcorn surprise on a DVD rental machine.
- Share a special toy with a friend.
- Clean up your room without being asked.
- Tape a video message for faraway friends.
- Leave kindness stones at the park.
- Give a candy bar to the bus driver.
- Send dessert to another family at a restaurant.
- Give spare change to the food pantry.
- Buy extra school supplies for a teacher.
- Make muffins for your pharmacist.
- Teach someone something new.
- Reuse paper when you are drawing.
- Pay for someone’s toll.
- Give someone a hug coupon.
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
- Write a note for someone’s lunch.
- Collect money or items for your favorite charity.
- Donate coloring books and crayons to the children’s hospital.
- Write a poem for a friend.
- Ask for donations instead of birthday gifts.
- Help someone unload groceries at the store.
- Make a candy gram for the police department.
- Collect books for the library.
- Adopt an animal online.
- Decorate tissue boxes and hand sanitizer for nursing stations.
- Make a homemade gift for someone.
- Clean up your toys without being asked.
- Deliver water bottles to the homeless shelter.
- Create activity bags for families of deployed soldiers.
- Give high fives to a friend.
- Make a thank you card for your librarian.
- Dry the slides at the park with a towel after it rains.
- Make play dough for a preschool class.
- Send a postcard to a friend.
- Smile at everybody. It’s contagious.
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The best part about doing acts of kindness is once you start you can’t stop! They are so much fun to do!
Focusing on kindness can be life-changing for you and your family. We think doing acts of kindness as a family or group can be life changing and encourage you to join our kindness movement.
Join the Acts of Kindness Movement
We also help lead world-wide kindness efforts throughout the year we’d love for you to join. Read about each below and get involved with going good!
Count down to Christmas with 24 Random Acts of Christmas Kindness
Each year we share a kindness advent calendar readers can use to do a little good as the holidays approach. We have TONS of resources and lots of fun (and many free) kindness ideas for you to do. We share a December version for those who aren’t counting down to Christmas and even have a printable pack you can use to create a personalized calendar for your family!
Use this post to get you started: Random Acts of Christmas Kindness Advent Calendar
100 Acts of Kindness Project
Each year from Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday until Valentine’s Day we join with Toddler Approved to do 100 Acts of Kindness! This is a wonderful way to kick off the year and is very popular with families and classes. We provide lots of resources and ideas and even have a Facebook group full of participants cheering each other on from around the world.
Use this post to find out more: Join the 100 Acts of Kindness Project
Summer Kindness Calendars
Summer is the perfect time to stop and focus on kindness with your kids. Each year we share free printable kindness calendars and RAK’d cards you can use to get your kids doing acts of kindness. Each spring we also sell a printable pack with calendars you can personalize to fit your family or group.
Read all about the summer calendars: Summer Kindness Calendars for Kids
Want even more acts of kindness ideas for kids?
No problem! We’ve got lots of acts of kindness ideas that kids can do. You’re never too young to make a difference!