This holiday, one of the best things you can do is pick out a toy for a child in need. Take your child to help choose, and have older children earn part of the money or donate some of their allowance to help pay for the toy. Then go together to place your gift(s) in the collection box. As you’re picking out the new toy, ask your little ones to put themselves in the shoes of the child who will receive it, and imagine how they will feel. Visit the Toys for Tots website for more information and the collection spot nearest you.

Talk to your child: Was it hard to pick out a toy to give away? What would it be like to not get any gifts for the holidays?

Book to share: Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo. This sweet, elegant book tells the tale of an organ grinder, his monkey, and the little girl who worries over whether he has a place to go in the storm.