Share a Summer of Kindness
Enjoy our printable bucket list!
The relaxed schedules and extended days of summer offer the perfect time to focus on little lessons in compassion. We've compiled some of our favorite warm-weather service projects and kindness activities. Pick your favorites, brainstorm your own ideas, and add heart to your unforgettable summer memories.
Download and print one of two different versions of our Summer of Kindness Bucket List!
Make kindness a habit with a small act every day for a month.
3. Bake treats to share with a neighbor.
4. Camp out with a nature journal.
Fill an empty notebook with the creatures, flowers, trees, and landmarks you encounter. The more you experience nature, the more you are inspired to protect it.
5. Leave inspirational sidewalk chalk notes in your neighborhood.
Browse our Sidewalk Chalk Kindness pinterest board for ideas.
Create a card-making table for your 4th of July celebration and send hand-made gratitude to soldiers. A Million Thanks makes it easy by sending your letters to the right spot.
Are you already planning a garage sale? Dedicate a portion of sales to a cause you care about.
Employ this classic childhood business venture as a lesson in philanthropy, especially if you have a cause near to your heart.
10. Host a neighborhood barbeque for a cause.
Invite guests to make a donation to the food shelf, or any cause you love, and offer them a party in exchange.
11. Host a neighborhood book swap.
Refresh your summer reading list with a book exchange party.
12. Host a sleepover for the Pajama Program.
Give the gift of new pajamas to children in a shelter, and host a sleepover at the same time!
15. Read with purpose – for lonely seniors, pets, or younger neighbor kids.
Reinvigorate the excitement of your summer reading program by adding an audience.
16. Practice fire safety, tour the local fire department, and bring thank you notes and treats for the fire fighters.
17. Start a Back-to-School Supplies Drive in your neighborhood.
Consider collecting donations during National Night Out.
18. Create unique art and gift it to someone in need of a smile.
Check out our Make Your Mark Pinterest board to get started. Then ask yourselves who might enjoy your creation.
19. Write stories together and give them to someone you love.
This organization both fights poverty and alleviates loneliness. Whether you deliver meals or decorate paper bags for their dessert deliveries, or host a fundraiser on their behalf, you’re efforts will have a meaningful impact.
21. Walk or Run for a Cause (or sponsor and cheer for a friend who runs).
Nearly every cause and many community organizations now host a fun run to build support, awareness, and of course funds. Find your cause and get moving!
22. Leave treats and a thank you notes for your mail carrier, garbage truck driver, or other service people.
23. Gather friends for a big-hearted book club.
Find reading ideas and discussion questions in our growing collection of big-hearted picture and chapter books.
Follow the link above for our related book suggestions and conversation starters or visit our For the Birds Pinterest board for more ideas.
25. Your turn! Fill in the blanks on your bucket list with these simple prompts.
- What summer family activity are you most looking forward to? How can you add a kind act to it?
- Name three things you would like to learn or try this summer? How you can you add a kind act to it?
- ·Who do you know (friend, neighbor, relative, classmate, anyone!) who may be struggling with loneliness, illness, or grief? Make a list of simple things you could do to help that person.
26. Make a kindness plan for the new school year.
If it’s not part of your plan, intentional acts of compassion will quickly get shoved off your family calendar by more glamorous extracurricular activities. But if you enjoyed any of your summer kindness activities, consider joining our Big-Hearted Families Membership Circle. You'll access unique tools designed to keep kindness on your calendar throughout the year.
And be sure to pick a project or two and wedge them into your fall plans. DGT’s extensive collection of ideas and free printables will make it easier!