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.
Inspire passersby with chalk. Purchase some sidewalk chalk. Then draw bright, colorful pictures -- or write happy quotes. Some examples: Think happy, be happy. Be silly, be honest, be kind. A kind word is like a spring day. Kind people are the best kind of people. Always be kinder than necessary.
Share a treat with feathered friends in your own backyard and keep them coming back. Make these fun birdseed cookies, then hang them on a tree viewable from a window in your home.
Keep the art of letter writing alive! Children love getting and receiving mail, and you can make it easy by setting up a kindness-centered mail station. Our fun instruction sheet includes addresses of organizations that send along children’s notes and artwork to those in need.
Have the family brainstorm ways to promote peace. Write or illustrate each idea on a 3" x 3" square piece of paper. Then tape them together to create a beautiful paper quilt.
Let your local parent organization know about Family Service Fairs (FSF), DGT™'s fun, meaningful kindness events. Our tools will help your school (or faith group or workplace!) host this “introduction to giving” that focuses around 6 to 8 "booths" or "stations," each one offering an easy service project for families to complete on the spot.
Kids are full of questions, and we want to nurture that curiosity. Your family can create an "I Wonder" display to hold all those questions that pop up at inconvenient moments. Then, make time to search for answers together.
Your family can help combat global poverty -- and begin great discussions about world issues – by donating $25 to Kiva. The money goes toward a “microfinance” loan to small entrepreneurs in developing countries. First your family can read the stories of those seeking assistance and pick whom you will lend to.
Is your child passionate about a cause? Tap into our Fun Fundraiser projects and inspire him or her to rally others to make a difference with their dollars.
How does your garden grow? If it thrives, pick a row and donate the bounty from that row to a friend or neighbor in need. If you’d like, attach a card saying, “From the garden of ___” or “Fresh to you! Enjoy!”
Operation Paperback sends gently used books to military families, veterans, and soldiers serving abroad. You can help!
Try a simple trick to help your child find calm in a busy day. Research shows that being mindful can reduce stress, improve memory, enhance empathy and lessen anxiety and depression. Here’s a fun way to learn this important skill
Use your child’ screen time to practice etiquette! We've all been frustrated by people talking on cell phones during dinner or a movie, blocking our view by taking videos of a school concert, or texting while driving.
If you’d like to make giving back a habit, consider “adopting” your local food pantry. First decorate a grocery box with fun art supplies and place it in your kitchen. Then, each time you go grocery shopping, pick out one or two extra items for the box.
Get extra mileage out of mealtimes, whether eating at home or out. The secret is these printable placemats, which contain prompts to inspire meaningful conversations.
When there’s barely enough money in the house for food, buying a book for a child is next to impossible. Family-to-Family will match you to a child living in poverty, give you the child’s name, age and reading level, and ask you to send him or her a new book each month.
Today we all worry about raising an entitled kid. Researchers have found that practicing gratitude can help guard against this. Creating a gratitude garden together can remind your family of all they have to appreciate.
Helping animals is a surefire way to get your child excited about doing good. You can help rescued dogs by creating simple chew toys from leftover fleece strips. We provide the simple instructions for this (and for cat toys made with crew socks).
Many homeless shelters give out sandwiches to guests when they leave in the morning to ensure they have a healthy lunch. You can keep shelters well supplied by starting your own sandwich brigade.
Go beyond Valentine’s Day and transform all of February into a month of generosity. Our Valentine Kindness Challenge gives you 28 ways to practice spreading love with your children.