Feel like you could be doing more to teach your kids how to be kind but don’t know where to start?
The answer could be as simple as downloading a free printable Random Acts of Christmas Kindness advent calendar. Sound too good to be true? Then you’ll be amazed at the difference one little piece of paper can make in your family’s or classes’ lives.
Parent, teacher, coach, group leader, grandparent–kindness is sure to be important to you. In fact, if you ask around you’d be hard pressed to find any adult who works with kids that doesn’t think kindness is important. We all know kindness is good, but are you actively teaching kids how to be kind or just telling them to be kind and hoping for the best?
Really think about it for a second.
Do you intentionally teach your kids about kindness or do you just want them to be kind? We tend to work on sharing and feelings a lot when they’re toddlers, but after that it’s easy to fall into the pattern of just reminding them to be kind. Kids get older, life gets busy and somehow taking the time for intentional kindness gets less attention.
The easiest and most fun way I’ve found to stop and focus on kindness with kids is by counting down to Christmas with a Random Acts of Christmas Kindness advent calendar. Our family has been doing RACKs for last 4 years and continue to be amazed by how much joy it brings us and others.
Who Has Time for RACKs?
Each year we invite families, classes, schools, churches and other groups around the world to join us in using our free printable RACK calendar in their communities and the response has been amazing. We’re looking for even more people to join the kindness movement this December!
I know what you’re thinking.
“December is so busy! I don’t have time to add anything else into it!”
And with anything else I would agree. But, and this is a big but, not with acts of kindness.
There’s just something about joining together with your family or class and intentionally focusing on kindness that makes the holiday season feel much less stressful. Actually it’s more than that. Doing RACKs makes your days more meaningful and fun. There really is no better way to bond this time of year.
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2016 Random Acts of Christmas Kindness Advent Calendar
This time of year activities need to be easy and fun or they just won’t get done. This is what makes the Random Acts of Christmas Kindness calendar so popular. I’ve taken the thinking out of it so you can get on with the doing!
This year we have 2 free printable calendar choices for you.
Random Acts of Kindness Christmas Calendar*
This option has 24 acts of kindness on it that you can use as an advent calendar. Either follow along each day or mark off the ones you do as you do them. If the thought of sticking to a calendar sounds too stressful don’t worry. I’m here to tell you we don’t always go in order either. Do what works for you. The goal is to add kindness into to your day, not stress yourself out!
December Acts of Kindness Calendar*
The December calendar is a kindness resource for those celebrate a holiday other than Christmas, or don’t celebrate anything at all, but still want to join the kindness movement. Kindness isn’t just for Christmas! This version has 31 kindness acts for you to complete throughout the month. You can choose to follow along day by day or use stickers or a dot marker to check off the acts as you do them.
*Calendar for personal or classroom use only. Email me for permission for other uses.
Random Acts of Kindness FAQs
What if these RACK calendars don’t quite work for me or I want even more kindness resources?
Then you’re in luck! I’ve been working hard to bring you a printable RACK pack. It encompasses the most common requests from readers and will make doing RACKs (random acts of Christmas kindness) even easier for you.
Here’s a sampling of what’s included in the RACK pack:
- An EDITABLE kindness calendar. Yes, you can put in whatever acts of kindness YOU want to do on whatever day YOU want!
- EDITABLE Random Acts of Christmas Kindness cards–personalize the message to fit your needs!
- A cut and paste kindness calendar. Cut out and glue on each act of kindness as you do them in any order you want.
- Kindness Countdowns where kids can keep track of the acts of kindness they’ve done.
- Printable coordinating RACK cards, hug coupons and happy notes.
- Kindness completion certificates for your kids or class.
What is candy cane bombing? I’ve never hear of some of the acts of kindness on the calendar!
Some of the acts of kindness on this year’s calendar may be new to you. Here are some links to help you figure out what to do.
- How to Make a Card for a Soldier
- How to make a Kindness Cookie Plate to give cookies to a neighbor
- How to make and Give a Hug Coupon to someone
- How to Candy Cane Bomb a Parking Lot
- How to leave a Popcorn Surprise on a DVD rental machine
- How to leave a Happy Note for someone to find
These are great. Do you have any more ideas?
Yes! We have TONS on Coffee Cups and Crayons–we’re pretty kindness-y. Here are a few to get you started.
Join the Kindness Movement
If you are a Facebook user make sure you are following the Coffee Cups and Crayons page. I post each day’s RACK on Facebook first thing each morning so everyone can share photos and comments and cheer others on. It’s so much fun!
I will also be using the hashtag #24RACKs on Instagram and Twitter all month long. Follow me to see what my family and town is doing and use it to share what you are doing with everyone else. I’d love to feature you and the kind things you do this year.
Download a calendar and join us in counting down to Christmas with random acts of kindness. Intentionally focus on kindness more joyful and less stress-filled holiday season. Let’s build a community of kindness! Will you participate? Let me know in the comments. I can’t wait to get to know you!