Do the children in your life have enough video games, plastic toys and gadgets? If they do, you have options for more thoughtful gifts this season. These ideas will not only make you a star gift-giver, but you’ll also be spreading charity, kindness and compassion.
Every November, many generous-hearted families make it a tradition to sponsor a child (or family) for gift giving during the holiday season. Numerous agencies are ready with opportunities to do just that.
This simple, month-long project takes only minutes a day, but offers powerful lessons on poverty and hunger. It also makes children aware of--and grateful for--all they have.
Maybe you’ve noticed those cute, house-shaped mini-libraries dotting the neighborhoods. Little Free Libraries hold books to share, and in the process build community and encourage literacy.
Wouldn’t it be great if more people stood up to bullies? With these strategies, kids who witness bullying can play a powerful role in stopping it. Share these ideas with your child to help him or her become an “upstander” and help out when they see a classmate mistreated.
Don’t let learning be impeded by a simple lack of supplies. Donors Choose is a website where teachers can post what they most need in their classrooms--and you get to choose which project to support.
Research shows that children as young as 5 have negative stereotypes of elderly people, believing them to lack competence. But these same children are overwhelmingly positive about the older adults in their family. This shows that visiting with older adults can help children overcome any uneasiness they may have.
Encourage young bookworms to share their love of books. After reading an especially enjoyable library book, they can write a note of enthusiasm (or just a cheery message) and slip it into the book before returning it.
Emotional literacy is critical to helping manage stress and emotions. The first signs of this skill are when children can name their own feelings--and then understand the feelings of others. Our Feelings Word Search is a fun way to explore emotion words with your children.
Not surprisingly, one of the surest ways to instill eco-consciousness in children is to foster a love of nature. You don't have to travel to the Amazon rainforests to do it, either. Find a hiking path (woods or prairie), go for a canoe ride, or have a picnic.
QUICK ACTS OF KINDNESS
Eager to do some quick intentional acts of kindness with your children? Many parents find that Saturday morning is the perfect time to plot your activities.
Choose between our two bucket lists and make this summer legendary in your family for the kindness you put into the world. See how much you can check off as you firm up plans for sleepovers and barbecues.
Looking for a fun project for your family or a group of families to dig into? Buy cost-effective bulk quantities of pinto beans and/or rice and a bunch of plastic bags, and then create family-size portions to be distributed to low-income families.
Summer means lemonade stands on the neighborhood street corner. This year, give this summertime tradition a twist. By donating your profits, the project can teach your young ones the joy of helping others.
Take a walk and clear litter from a section of park, beach, vacant lot or your neighborhood. Be sure to take the necessary precautions, including wearing sturdy gloves, being careful on riverbanks or near roads, having adults handle dangerous items and supervising children closely.
Scavenger hunts can lay the groundwork for a lifelong respect for nature. Invent a hunt for your favorite nature walk and help your family discover flora and fauna they never imagined. Our scavenger hunt list can get you started.
Celebrate May Day by making a super-easy basket to deliver goodies on May 1st. This lovely tradition is a thoughtful way to spread kindness to neighbors and friends. Follow these instructions for making and decorating your basket.
Want to spend time with your family doing something fun, meaningful – and that makes a difference for others? Volunteer together! Don’t know where to find an opportunity? If you live in one of the six cities where DGT has a listing, simply subscribe, and get a description of 5-10 family-friendly opportunities in your inbox each month
Looking for a way to spend time with your family that supports a good cause -- and gets your heart pumping? Sign up for a walk, run or bike ride to raise money and awareness. To zero in on a topic, think about whether you have a friend or family member struggling with a serious health issue, and champion that.
For 30 years, Books for Africa has been collecting, sorting and distributing books to students in Africa. You can help by gathering the old fiction, reference books and textbooks sitting neglected in your basement. Ask family and friends to contribute books, too.