If your playroom can pass for an art supply store, use those supplies to decorate some plain brown lunch bags for Meals on Wheels. This organization will fill the bags with the meals they deliver to seniors, and the bags will fill their day with good cheer. If your local Meals on Wheels doesn’t use lunch bags, decorate colorful placemats instead. Use markers, crayons, stickers, magazine cutouts or other decorating supplies. Be creative! Find your nearest Meals on Wheels program here.

Talk to your child: How do you think the seniors and homebound people who receive your lunch bag [or placemat] will feel when they receive it? Sometimes people who are homebound or elderly feel lonely. Have you ever felt lonely? What makes you feel better when you’re lonely?

Book to share: The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant. Ages 4-8. When a lonely old woman meets a stray dog, she refuses to bond with it for fear it will die before she does, and she will lose another friend. This funny and touching story encourages readers to understand and sympathize with the trials of getting older.