Random acts of kindness are easy ways to spread a little joy in the world. Children especially love surprising others, but so many acts of kindness call for assisting others in ways that are difficult for young ones to do without help.
I think it's important for children to realize that no matter how young or how small they are, they can make a positive difference in the world. So, I created these random acts of kindness cards for kids to inspire them to take action.
Random Acts of Kindness Kids Can Do
They may be small, but children are full of joy, optimism, and energy. There are many ways they can spread joy!
By simply taking notice of the people around them, children have tremendous opportunities every day to make a difference in someone else's life. Whether it's thanking the bus driver for transporting them safely to and from school each day or inviting a new student to sit with them, children can positively impact dozens of people each day.
Encourage your children to pay attention to the people around them. Rather than teaching them to mindlessly utter “please,” “thank you,” and “excuse me,” help them understand the meaning behind why we say those things to others. Help them view others as important and worthy of our courtesy and attention.
Teach your children that selfless behavior is actually very rewarding. By holding the door open for someone else or letting someone go ahead of us in line, we have the power to make someone feel better. That small act can change a person's mood, attitude, or even their perceived self-worth. In contrast, rushing through the door or to be in the front of the line is a very short-lived satisfaction.
Random Acts of Kindness Cards
When I began creating my Monthly Acts of Kindness calendars, I had a couple people point out that by putting the acts on a calendar, they were no longer random. I see their point, but believe that for the recipient of the kindness, the act is very random and unexpected.
Still, for those who prefer a more “random” assortment of “random acts of kindness” I think these cards might be an alternative solution. Your child can draw cards at random each day.
Ideally, once our children experience the joy of spreading kindness, they'll continue to do so out of habit. These kindness cards are simply a way to kick start the habit.
I've designed them with dotted lines sectioning off each card so they are easy to cut out. You can also print them on Avery business cards if you prefer. There are 2 sheets (so 20 total cards).
Simply click the image below to download or print the cards.