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How to Teach Your Child About Giving

by Kayla Foster February 03, 2016

How to Teach Your Child About Giving

The Holiday Season is upon us and what better time to teach your child about giving? You might be at a loss as to how to teach skills such as this one, but worry not. We've put together a few ways you can easily teach about giving.


1. Discuss how giving is important to you and your family & different ways you give. 

A Cookie Before Dinner says one of the easiest ways she's found to teach giving is to weave it naturally into daily conversation. Such as telling your child that when you see someone in need, you help them.  Great Schools suggests having a family discussion about what you're thankful for. This will help your child realize that what she values may be missing in other people's lives.


2. Books about giving. 

Learning at the Primary Pond gives a great list of books that you and your children can read that cover topics on giving and generosity. She even breaks them down into what type of giving they cover - tangible items, help, kind words, and helping the community. Here are a few of our favorites:


When You Are Happy By: Elieen Spinelli

When You Are Happy By: Elieen Spinelli


 The Mitten Tree By: Candace Christiansen


The Mitten Tree By: Candace Christiansen



3. Get your children involved. 

Do you volunteer at a soup kitchen? Or donate toys during the Holiday season? Let your child volunteer with you (if it is a child-friendly environment) or have them choose toys to donate. This way they are able to get some hands-on experience when it comes to giving.


4. Make the lesson fun. 

Children typically respond well to games and activities that make a concept like giving fun. Crafting Chicks created a great tutorial for making a Santa Sack where your kids can put their old toys they no longer need and then donate them to those in need this holiday season.


5. Teach that you don't need money to give

Great schools also suggests helping your child make gift certificates good for things such as a free car wash or breakfast in bed that he or she can give to family members. This shows that although your child might not have money to donate to charity, they can give in other ways.


 How do you encourage your little ones to give?

Kayla Foster
Kayla Foster