Kindness matters. A lot.
It can change your day, make you feel loved, inspire goodness and shift your outlook on life. We do 24 acts of kindness each December and one of our most popular activities is candy cane bombing.
You leave candy canes and little kindness cards on people’s windshields for them to find. It’s super fun for kids because they feel like little kindness ninjas. You can even hide in your car and watch people smile when they find the candy canes. Candy cane bombing makes the kids feel empowered and excited and is tons of fun.
But that’s not the end of the story. Every year throughout the month of December I get emails from people who have found candy canes and notes on their windshields and were hugely impacted. People who were having a bad day or just received terrible news who felt so much less alone in the world after receiving a simple candy cane. Kindness matters.
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Can you imagine being a kid and knowing your act of kindness meant so much? To someone you don’t even know?It’s deeply empowering and inspiring. It can change your life to view yourself as someone who can make a difference.
That’s why I am just thrilled to be partnering with Toddler Approved again this year for the 100 Acts of Kindness Project!
The 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge
Each year beginning on Martin Luther King Jr. Day we challenge you to do 100 acts of kindness by Valentine’s Day!
Dr. King encouraged peace and love and famously said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?”
So gather your family, your friends, your class, your church, your scout troop, your neighborhood, your dog and get ready to answer his question!
How does the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge work?
It’s super duper easy–all you need to do is 100 acts of kindness!
Join the 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge
- Comment and let us know you are joining in!
- Join the Acts of Kindness Challenge Facebook group. We can share ideas and cheer each other on.
- Decide how you will keep track of your acts of kindness. Kristina has a printable chart you can use, but anything that gets you excited is awesome too. One year we used balloons to keep track of our kindness then blew them up to play with at our Valentine’s Day celebration!
- Complete the four weekly challenges. We will post these on Coffee Cups and Crayons and Toddler Approved each Monday.
- Plan a kindness celebration for February 14th. Tell us about it in the group!
- Follow the hashtag #100actsofkindness on Instagram and check out some of the activities we share over there too. I’m @coffeeandcrayon and Kristina is @toddlerapproved.
But that’s not all! In addition to the free printable kindness chart on Toddler Approved I’ve also designed free printable RAK’d cards you can use during the project!
Want to print these to use with your kindness acts? Keep reading to find out how!
Free Printable RAK’d Cards
There are so many ways you can use these cards. You can attach candy and leave for someone to find like in candy cane bombing, you can use them to tape change to and stick on a vending machine, you can stick on someone’s door after you’ve shoveled their driveway, there is no end to the possibilities!
How to print:
- Right click on the image above and save to your computer.
- Print at home or upload to a photo site and print as a 4×6.
- You can even insert the image into a Word document and print a couple at a time on a piece of cardstock.
And remember even small acts of kindness can make a big difference! Think about how much getting a candy cane meant to someone if they took the time to look up the website, find my email and write to me.
Holding a door open, letting someone in front of you in line, buying someone’s coffee may not seem like life changers, but knowing there is someone out there who is trying to make the world a better place makes a difference. Join in and spread some kindness with us!