Display a Kindness Quilt

Display a Kindness Quilt

Strengthen your empathy muscles with our printable templates.

Designed to accompany The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, this project will have your family doing a kind act, drawing a picture of it, and sharing it with one another in the form of a beautiful, continuously growing paper quilt.

Because families often spend so much time at work and school, away from one another, sharing our kind acts can be a wonderful way to reconnect. Plus, as you'll see in the book, taking time to focus on everyday acts of kindness makes us all strive to do more.

Print these small quilt squares with kindness prompts and start making big-hearted memories - and a difference! - with your family.

Print these small quilt squares with kindness prompts and start making big-hearted memories - and a difference! - with your family.

What you’ll need

Instructions

Print these larger quilt squares perfect for younger children.

Print these larger quilt squares perfect for younger children.

  • First, read the book The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. When the students in Mrs. Cooper’s class are challenged to do acts of kindness and depict them in drawings, their work is so impressive, they create a “kindness quilt” that continues to grow. Don't let the cute, simple design of this book fool you. Children are universally inspired to mimic the activity in this book as soon as reading time ends!

  • Print your “Kindness is…” squares. Invite children to cut out the squares and place these and the drawing supplies where your kids can easily grab them whenever they have a kindness to add. 

  • Notice that many of the squares are blank, but some have suggested acts on them. Take a moment to read these suggestions out loud with your children. Use them as prompts on days when you might need inspiration.

  • Choose one week when you can spend a few minutes each day focused on kindness. Have your whole family strive to do at least one intentional kind act every day. Use the squares to draw or write each kindness. Feel free to print more squares if you run out!

  • Then pick a time to share your kind acts with one another. Try to answer the following questions:

·   How did you share kindness today?

·   How did your action make you feel?

·   How did it make others feel?

·   How did someone share a kindness with you?

  • Display a quilt, like Minna in our story, gather scrap paper and glue to create backgrounds for the "Kindness is..." squares included in your packet. Then tape them on your wall to create a quilt just like in the story.

Reflection Questions

  • Did you enjoy focusing on kindness for a week? Do you think it changed the week for you in any way? If so, how? If not, why not?

  • Do you find it easier to recognize (and be thankful for) the kindness others do for you when you know you'll be talking about kind acts later with your family?

  • Can we brainstorm a list of new kindness ideas you might want to try?

Resources

Take it Further

  • To keep a daily focus on kindness, print a stack of our Pithy Placemats, now in several new versions. They help bring big-hearted conversations to every family meal.

  • Commit to a monthly family act of kindness tailored to book lovers like you. Send books each month to a child in need of reading materials with our Feed Hungry Minds project.

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