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.
Make your next family birthday a celebration in giving! Everyone loves the opportunity to celebrate birthdays, but somehow, children's birthday parties feel so full of consumerism that both guests and birthday kids walk away with extreme cases of the "gimmes."
Your child may be hearing about refugees and want to help. Befriending a refugee family in your community can take many forms -- an airport welcome, picking up donations of furniture, or a tour of your town.
Here’s a new idea for family night: storytelling. Stories encourage imagination, creativity and empathy. (They’re also a great way to share family history.) These printable story prompts will get you started
Mindfulness is not just for grownups! Studies show it can reduce stress, calm emotions and lead to compassion, and you can introduce this important practice to your children with a simple four-step exercise. Ring a bell, have your kids take a deep breath, listen closely, and raise their hand when they no longer hear the sound.