This Random Acts of Kindness Christmas Calendar for Kids is a wonderful advent activity for your children! It's a fun and easy way to show children what a positive impact they can have on the world.
Inspiration for the Random Acts of Kindness Christmas Calendar
Two years ago a random acts of kindness Christmas calendar showed up in my Facebook news feed. I really liked the idea of doing something kind each day leading up to Christmas. I also thought this was a wonderful way to help instill the spirit of the season in my family.
I didn't want my kids to think Christmas is all about collecting toys. Even when we do exchange gifts, we try to choose gifts that give back to others in some way.
The random acts of kindness Christmas calendar from Coffee Cups and Crayons was a fun one to do as a family. Unfortunately, most of the acts required adult participation.
That, of course, was what made it perfect for the whole family. But I wanted to create one that kids could do on their own to emphasize that each of us (no matter how small) can make a difference.
Farther down, you'll find the calendar I've created. If you scroll PAST that calendar, you will also find:
- A blank calendar so you can write in your own “acts” or simply check off each day as children come up with their own
- An editable version of the calendar if you want to create your own but achieve the same look as mine
- A different family advent activity idea if you want something all of you can do together
- Alternate ways to use the calendar
- A 10-page kindness planner
- Ideas for showering your kids with random displays of your affection
- More random acts of kindness ideas
- Information about the Kindness Elves
- A special offer for subscribers that I've created specifically for those of you who love printables
Just click on the links above to jump directly to a specific item.
Random Acts of Kindness Christmas Calendar for Kids
For my Christmas calendar, I only included acts that school-aged children could do without help. An adult might have to step in to act as delivery driver or provide a stamp, but that's it.
The reason I recommend the calendar for school-aged children (and not younger) is due to the number of acts that require writing. If you have an early writer, he or she can certainly perform all of the tasks. You can also have your child draw pictures instead of writing notes and letters.
To download the Random Acts of Kindness Christmas Calendar for Kids, simply click on the image below.
Here are some additional notes about the acts of kindness on the calendar:
- To send letters to our service members, consult this list.
- To donate gently used toys, consider these options.
- To donate gently used clothes, try one of these charities.
Blank Random Acts of Kindness Christmas Calendar
I created the calendar above to provide you and your children with some ideas to make performing acts of kindness easier. I'm sure you have many wonderful ideas of your own!
I've created a blank random acts of kindness Christmas calendar so that you can fill in your own acts of kindness. Another way to use the blank calendar is to have your child write in a random act of kindness they perform each day.
Here's a Blank Random Acts of Kindness Christmas Calendar you can use:
Prefer for your homemade version to look more like my original? You can purchase the editable file and type in your own acts of kindness for each day.
Alternate Advent Activity for the Whole Family
The kindness calendar above was designed specifically for the kids. This year, I wanted to introduce an advent activity for the whole family too. So, I created these Family Activity Advent Cards.
There are 60 activities to choose from so you can easily find 25 your family will enjoy. But just in case, there are also some blank cards so you can fill in your own ideas. Think of it as a Christmas bucket list advent activity.
I also really love the book Countdown to Christmas. It's filled with 24 different activities, crafts and recipes so you can do something new each day that also helps you make memories.
Alternate Ways to Use the Calendar
Last year, one of my readers told me she cut out each square in the pre-filled calendar and had her child draw one each day. Thus, her child was truly performing “random” acts of kindness. 🙂
I thought that was a great idea! So, for those of you who would like to use the calendar in that way, I've created a sheet of the Random Acts of Kindness Ideas for Kids (without the dates in the corner) so you can cut them up and choose them randomly. Then, after you've drawn the random act of kindness for the day, you can glue or tape it to the blank calendar.
Of course, you can ditch the calendar completely! Instead of the plain idea squares, you might prefer these random acts of kindness cards for kids.
For my fellow planner addicts, I even have a Christmas Kindness Planner. Join my email list to get it for free!
Free 10-Page Kindness Planner
Surprise your children with your own random acts of kindness towards them with printable kid coupons or printable lunch notes. Since the notion of random acts of kindness is to do something good for someone else without expecting anything in return, don't use these as “rewards” per se, but as occasional treats to show children that good begets good.
More Random Acts of Kindness
To help you think beyond this calendar, and to encourage kindness in many different ways, this year I'm hosting a Random Acts of Kindness Series. Every day in November I'll be sharing a new random acts of kindness idea from some of the best bloggers around!
Bookmark the Random Acts of Kindness Ideas page so you can check it each day for a new idea. And visit it anytime you need kindness inspiration.
Plus, as our small act of kindness for YOU, the series will include a number of free printables and several giveaways.
I've also started a Facebook group specifically for the purpose of sharing random acts of kindness ideas all year long. Every day I ideas and inspiration. And I encourage everyone else to do the same. Click this link to join –>> Random Acts of Kindness Ideas Facebook Group
As an alternative to Elf on the Shelf, check out Kindness Elves. Instead of being mischievous, they sprinkle kindness and joy, encouraging children to do small acts of kindness every day.
Want to keep the kindness going all year long? Each month I will be publishing a new calendar with acts related to that month's theme and special days. Check out my monthly kindness calendars.
More Holiday Fun
I clearly love creating printables. It's funny how a little bit of color and some fun graphics can make such a big difference!
To make your holiday planning more joyful, I'm sharing a free printable 18-page Christmas planner. Keep track of everything from your shopping list to your holiday recipes!
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Also, to make the holidays more joyful for my readers, I've partnered with several brands to bring you special giveaways. Click the image below to see them all and enter as many as you want!
In addition, I've assembled several gift ideas to help make your holiday shopping easier. Find something for everyone on your list on my Gift Guides page.