If you ask my kids they’ll tell you that we do acts of kindness in our family.
We love sushi. And board games. And dance parties. And kindness.
A couple of years ago made the decision to do intentional acts of kindness on a regular basis and the results have been better than I could have imagined. We’ve done big things like hosting a food drive play date and adopting a child from a giving tree for Christmas, but most of the time our kindness acts are simple like this kindness jar craft.
We were inspired to create a kindness jar after receiving the book Jillee Bean and the One Good Thing by Jill Nystul and Samantha Hollister. In the story Jillee is inspired by her dad to do good deeds for others. She records her acts by putting jelly beans in a jar.
The kids loved the story and we decided to come up with a kindness jar of our own! Instead of using a jar to record our kindness acts we decided to use it to inspire someone else to do a good deed too.
Kindness Jar for Kids
- plastic or glass jar
- art supplies
- candy, stickers, etc
- Kindness Jar Printable Tags
My kids fell in love with DohVinci at a recent blogger event and have been creating with it non-stop. They used it to decorate our jar and the bright colored, 3-D effect is so cheery. You can use anything you want to decorate your jar with though. Paint, glass markers, stickers, or ribbon would all be fun choices.
Decide who you are going to give your kindness jar to and fill it with something they would love. We decided that our recipient would love some chocolate kisses (who wouldn’t?) so used those, but anything that would fit inside will work.
Then tie the free printable kindness jar tag to the top of the jar. The saying on the tag explains that they should pass it on to someone else too.We hope this jar of kindness makes you smile! And that you will then go the extra mile.. We want to spread the joy around, So fill this jar for someone you’ve found!
Download the free kindness jar tags here–> KINDNESS JAR PRINTABLE TAGS
Then give your kindness jar to someone you know! It feels so good to do something nice for someone else.
Books can be a great tool to use to get kids excited about doing good deeds. The folks at Jillee Bean and the One Good Thing want to spread the word about kindness and are going to giveaway a copy of their book to one lucky Coffee Cups and Crayons reader!
How to Enter–> Leave a comment on this post letting us know an act of kindness you have done or will do this week!
Make sure to enter in your email address in the email section when you leave the comment so we can contact you if you win. Giveaway ends at midnight EST on September 30th, 2014. Good luck!
WE HAVE A WINNER! I’d still love to hear about any acts of kindness you are doing in the comments!
Disclosure: I received a review copy of Jillee Bean and the One Good Thing and one to giveaway, but they in no way sponsored this post. All opinions and thoughts are my own. See my disclosure page for more information about giveaways.