4 Ways to Teach Kindness to Kids
With February being Black History Month, we thought it would be the perfect time to share some tips on teaching your child about compassion, diversity, acceptance, and all-around emotional intelligence. But how? We've rounded up some of our favorite books, hands-on activities, and crafts to help guide you on your journey of teaching compassion.
1. This Egg Diversity activity is great for teaching, even young children, that no matter how a person looks, we're all the same on the inside. This activity, originally from Kids Activity Blog, requires only two eggs and a plate to complete. We think this diversity activity is a great visual when it comes to explaining ideas like diversity and tolerance!
2. Another activity that caught our eye is this Kindness Objective Lesson with Toothpaste from Meaningful Mama. All you need for this activity is a tube of toothpaste and something to empty the toothpaste into. This activity is a great way to teach your child about their words, and how once they are said, they cannot be taken back. Have your child squeeze out the toothpaste, which represents words, and then have them try to put the toothpaste back in the tube, showing them you cannot take back words.
The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss
3. Children's books are always a great tool for teaching children life lessons, sometimes without them even knowing. In The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss, a group of yellow creatures, called Sneetches, are divided into two groups: Star-Belly Sneetches and Plain-Belly Sneetches. Throughout the book, the creatures collectively spend all of their money having stars added and removed from their bellies, always trying to be like the other, until they no longer know who originally had stars and who didn't, learning an important lesson that you should not discriminate between races and cultures.
4. The Kindness Jar, pictured above, from This Reading Mama, is a great system for rewarding kind behavior. When she notices one of her children displaying kind behavior, she drops a jewel in the jar. Once the jar is full, the kiddos are rewarded with a fun family activity such as getting ice cream or having a picnic. Rewarding kindness helps children understand that their compassion is not going unnoticed and hopefully gets them into the habit of always acting with kindness.
No matter what month is it, it is always a good time to teach about kindness. It is never too early, or too late, to start children on the path of compassion, tolerance, inclusion, and kindness.
How do you teach kindness?
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