Teaching kids about giving back to those less fortunate can be lots of fun – and it shapes them into more compassionate adults. There are lots of ways to give back that can fit with any schedule and not take too much time!
Here are some fun activities that you can do together:
- Make Cards – Get out the craft supplies and make cards for the patients at your local hospital. They can say, “Get Well Soon,” “Happy Halloween,” “Merry Christmas,” etc. If your child/children are too young to write, they can donate artwork.
- Join the Scouts – Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops spend a lot of time giving back, and the activities are so much fun. Meetings are typically once or twice per month, so it doesn’t have to be major time commitment.
- Visit the Grandmas and Grandpas – Many nursing homes have an activity director who can arrange a visit from young entertainers. If you child sings, plays an instrument, the audience will enjoy your young performer. Older children can socialize with residents, and some homes welcome dogs for pet therapy.
- Collect for the Soup Kitchen or Shelter – When it’s time to declutter your home, explain to children that they need to find things around the house to give to those who are less fortunate. Toys, clothes, canned food, books, and household items are some common items. Just make sure that they don’t choose anything that’s dirty or broken. It should be anything but they would be happy to receive as a gift from someone else.
- Bake to End Hunger – Older children can bake items and sell them to raise money to end child hunger in America. Check out Share Our Strength’s Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry™ – the site provides tips on hosting a bake sale or finding a bake sale nearby to join.
Interested in doing more? The United Way can provide additional ideas and opportunities – you can even filter by skill or activity type.